QD laser eyewear as a visual field aid in a visual field defect model

Chigusa Iyama, Yuta Shigeno, Eri Hirano, Mamoru Kamoshita, Norihiro Nagai, Misa Suzuki, Sakiko Minami, Toshihide Kurihara, Hideki Sonobe, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Hajime Shinoda, Kazuo Tsubota, Yoko Ozawa

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Abstract

Visual field defects interfere with free actions and influence the quality of life of patients with retinitis pigmentosa; the prevalence of this disease is increasing in aging societies. Patients with progressive disease may require visual aids; however, no such devices are currently available. We utilized a retinal projection eyewear system, QD laser eyewear, which includes a projector inside the spectacle frame, to draw the image taken by a connected portable camera with a wide field lens. The images are projected onto the retina using a Maxwellian view optical system, which is not influenced by refractive error or the amount of incident light. Goldmann perimetry and figure recognition tests with the QD laser eyewear showed increased visual field areas and angles, and shortened the time for recognition of the number of figures in a sheet, in a limited visual field model that we developed by using a pin-hole system to simulate the tunnel vision of retinitis pigmentosa in 19 healthy adults. The device supported the quality of vision. Additionally, the visual field defect model used in healthy adults was useful for validating the device in the development stage of the study, to clarify both advantages and future goals for improving the device.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1010
JournalScientific Reports
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1

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