consists of a pair of prescription glasses and a small, lightweight device fitted onto the lens of the eye with better vision. This device utilizes scientifically proven techniques in video processing for improving functional vision of persons coping with AMD.
What will seeBOOST help me do?
seeBOOST contains a number of critical design features that are important for creating the most benefit for persons with Macular Degeneration
Continue to use your peripheral vision while benefiting from central vision improvement. No motion sickness or headaches.
Wear it comfortably and benefit continuously, just like regular prescription glasses
Benefit from automatic enhancements making what you're looking at easier to see
Easily set the magnification level to work with any task, such as reading, watching TV doing a craft, or playing a game
Improve your vision for tasks at any distance
Only one button to learn
Weighs less than 1 ounce
Socially engage with friends and family in a natural way
Best-in-class training, support and service plan
There are three primary configurations of head-mounted low vision aids.
"Of, relating to, or intended for use by only one eye: a monocular microscope."
"Relating to, used by, or involving both eyes at the same time: binocular vision."
Like binocular, but the same image is presented to both eyes.
With AMD there is always one better eye and one worse eye. We improve the better aided eye's central vision and we allow the other unaided eye's good peripheral vision to remain 100% unobstructed. Notice that even the aided eye's peripheral vision is also mostly unobstructed. The brain quickly adapts to using the better image in your central vision (from the aided eye) for detail tasks, while maintaining peripheral and depth perception using both eyes' unobstructed vision. This is similar to people who get monovision contact lenses, one eye for far and one eye for near vision.
Conversely, if we also try to improve the worse eye there is little, if any, additional perceived benefit for persons with AMD or DR. A bi-ocular or binocular system has all the negatives without the positives. Extra size and weight is wasted, possibly resulting in headaches and nausea, and requires uncomfortable head straps. More importantly, you lose peripheral vision and natural eye contact with others.
Research from Harvard Medical on the adaptation of magnification devices in persons afflicted with AMD describes the advantages of using a monocular system. In 2010 the FDA approved an intraocular miniature telescope that is surgically implanted in one eye of certain AMD patients and has been shown to improve visual function by allowing one eye to see high magnification images and the other to provide a wider field of normal magnification view.
Your is attached on the outside of the prescription lens directly in front of your better eye. You can use your good peripheral vision to see to the left and right of the device, as well as use your other eye. This keeps you fully engaged in your environment, and you don't lose depth perception. does not completely cover you eye, allowing others to interact with you naturally.
is optimally designed for AMD and DR, with ongoing research at UT Southwestern Medical Center and numerous consultations with low vision optometrists, retinal ophthalmologists, leading university researchers, and most importantly, AMD and DR patients.
We are focused on improving the vision of persons coping with AMD and DR.