New Technology to Eliminate the Need for Reading Glasses
Data from a recent study published in Scientific Reports demonstrates the utility of a new technology product to help people overcome the natural effect of aging on vision (often referred to as presbyopia). In the study, all subjects who required reading glasses to read newspaper font size became glasses-free following three months of use with GlassesOff, a non-invasive, pure software solution that targets brain performance rather than lens aging.
"The improvement in visual performance of the study participants was achieved without changing the optical characteristics of the eye, which may be encouraging to those who have to use reading glasses," said the researchers at the School of Optometry and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, at the University of California, Berkeley.
"The results suggest that the aging brain retains enough plasticity to overcome the lens's natural biological changes that occur with age, and potentially help improve the quality of life of an aging population that needs to use reading glasses to do simple tasks such as reading a newspaper, restaurant menu, or viewing incoming caller IDs on a mobile phone."
The study showed that following training with the GlassesOff technology, near visual ability (expressed as the minimum angle of resolution)—improved from an average of 2.44 arc minute to 1.56 arc minute, gaining an effective reduction of 8.6 years in the age of their eyes. Importantly, after training with GlassesOff two-to-three times per week over a period of three months visual ability was demonstrated to improve regardless of the age of the subject.
Further, all subjects whose near vision abilities did not allow them to read standard newspaper-sized fonts without reading-glasses, were able to read freely following GlassesOff use. Finally, average reading speed increased by 17 words per minute saving about 9 minutes when reading a 2,000-word article at a minimal font size.
"These published results further validate the growing body of scientific data supporting the efficacy of GlassesOff as a non-invasive solution that may eliminate the need to wear reading glasses for hundreds of millions of people," said Nimrod Madar, CEO of Ucansi, the innovator of GlassesOff. "We anticipate making GlassesOff available on the iOS platform—compatible with iPhones, iPods and iPads—mid-year, and soon after on the android platform."