Artificial intelligence is entering more and more areas of our daily lives and health is no exception to the rule. In this sense, we already knew its usefulness in use cases such as the recognition of medical images or the prediction of the best possible treatments for a disease. Now we add one more new application niche: our vision.
We are talking about integrating AI into cognitive vision assessment to prevent and treat dysfunctions. To date, opticians review their clients’ ability to focus and offer a solution to the problems they encounter through glasses, contact lenses, and in some cases, conventional vision therapy.
Visual dysfunctions are very common problems and many are not detected or diagnosed properly, which can cause serious problems of academic adaptation among children and young people who suffer from them. When the visual problem is severe (10% of cases, 15 million worldwide), visual dysfunctions can limit daily activity and affect the development of the very young.
Faced with this challenge, an initiative by IBM, Natural Optics Group and e-Health Technical Solutions proposes to review other aspects of vision that are complementary, such as the neural and mental parts that help to have efficient vision and maintain good visual health. The neural part is one that, through nerve impulses, carries the information from a retinal image to the brain, coordinating the information from both eyes to obtain unique information. For its part, the psychic stage is where the information is decoded, interpreted and, through learning or identifying previous experiences, is managed.
With this, if traditionally 4 ocular parameters are measured, the artificial intelligence system -called WIVI Vision- that these three entities have created evaluates more than 50 of 5 different visual areas, in 15-minute sessions through a unique and non-invasive experience to the user.
WIVI Vision uses visual experiences with 3D games, acting as a physiotherapist, capable of improving visual skills. These trainings can be used, for example, to improve visual dysfunctions, to facilitate adaptation to progressive lenses or to evaluate the vision condition caused by Covid-19. The software is capable of recognizing the particular needs of each patient and offering a unique experience that evolves with each interaction. After each session, the patient receives a graphic report with their evolution.