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Research Lecture Series Low Vision Enhancement with Head-Mounted Video Systems


Please join Dr. Robert Massof as he presents, “Low vision enhancement with head-mounted video display systems: Are we there yet?” The lecture will take place on April 3, 2018 as part of the Research Lecture Series in Lecture Hall 2. All are welcome to attend. One hour of Mass CE will be awarded. You are invited to join us for a light reception in Conference Room 1 following the lecture.

Abstract: Since the Visionics low vision enhancement system (LVES), the first head-mounted video display LVES, was engineered 20 years ago, various other embodiments of the device have come and gone with a recent resurgence of the technology over the past few years. In this presentation, I will discuss the history of the development of LVESs, describe the current state of available technology, and explore future innovation and research in this area. While LVESs have now been around for more than two decades, much remains to be discovered and developed. With the growing popularity and availability of virtual reality and augmented reality, we can now use these technologies to develop and translate new strategies for low vision rehabilitation.  Specifically, I will describe new contrast enhancement, image motion compensation, image remapping, and augmented reality strategies that can be customized to optimize each patient's vision. If such new vision enhancement strategies prove beneficial, low vision evaluations will have to be advanced in order to custom-prescribe real-time image processing tol match the requirements and capabilities of each patient's vision.