VR-Amblyopia Trainer

Subject: VR-Amblyopie Trainer
Abstract: The VR-AMBLOYPIE TRAINER enables visually impaired (amblyopic) children to improve their vision by strengthening their binocularity and not by occluding the better eye. New scientific results by Hess et al. 1-2 show that the new therapeutic approach with strengthening of the binocular function leads to better results compared to the former therapy with taping of the good eye (occlusion). Until now, taping of the better eye has been the treatment of choice for amblyopic children, although it has many medical and social disadvantages. In the occluded
healthy eye there is a decrease in visual acuity. The compliance of this therapy is poor, because it is difficult for a child to is difficult for a child to understand that the good eye has to be taped off and at the same time the vision is poor. Approximately 2/3 of these children show after 4 months of taping, but regression occurs in 25% – 40%. Binocular vision is usually not achieved. Recent evidence suggests that abnormal binocular interaction plays a key role in amblyopia. which is not taken into account in occlusion therapy. The stronger blinding of the amblyopic eye is present, the weaker the visual acuity of that amblyopic eye.These led to the fact that the masking of the better eye is seen as an insufficient or even counterproductive therapy.
The new therapy concept of the VR-AMBLOYPIE TRAINER with the strengthening of the binocular function improves both the visual acuity of the amblyopic eye and the binocular visual function. The VR-AMBLOYPIE TRAINER makes the amblyopic child play virtual ball catching with VR goggles and thus treats the amblyopia.
amblyopia is treated. The child interacts playfully and grabs balls that a virtual teammate throws to the child.
Only by using both eyes and a successful binocular interaction can the ball be correctly recognized and returned. the ball can be returned. Repeated performance of the visual tasks in “virtual reality” with increasing difficulty increasing difficulty, binocular interaction is increased and improved. Amblyopic children improve
by playing with the VR-AMBLOYPIE TRAINER their visual abilities in the parameters stereo vision, visual acuity,
Contrast vision ability and speed of recognizing 3D visual scenarios. The VR-AMBLOYPIE TRAINER is based on
motor interaction of the hands with moving dichoptic patterns (balls flying towards the user) in a virtual
virtual 3D reality. Due to the telemedical connection of VR-AMBLOYPIE TRAINER there are billable applications in ophthalmological practices and eye clinics. 5-7
Speaker: Mr. Georg Michelson

Talkingeyes & More GmbH

Short biography of speaker: Professor Dr. med. Georg Michelson 1,2,3
1. Head of the Outpatient Department of the eye clinic at the University Hospital Erlangen
2. CEO, Talkingeyes&More GmbH, Medical Valley Center Erlangen
3. Head of the Tele-ophthalmological Institute in the Medical Valley Center Erlangen
1975 – 1982 Study of human medicine, University of Regensburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg
11/1982 Licence to practise medicine
12/1982 Dissertation, University of Regensburg
07/1989 Specialist for ophthalmology
12/1992 Habilitation, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Career development
1982 – 1985 Assistant doctor “Anaesthesia”, Clinic for Anaesthesiology, University of Erlangen-
1985 – 1989 Assistant doctor “Ophthalmology”, Eye Clinic, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
1989 – 1999 Senior Physician, Eye Clinic, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
2000 Head of the Outpatient Department of the eye clinic at the University Hospital Erlangen
2001 C3 University professorship for ophthalmology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
2002 – 2008 Deputy Spokesman of the Collaborative Research Centre 539
“Glaucoma”, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
2007 Founder and Director, Tele-Ophthalmological Institute, Medical Valley Center Erlangen
2007 Founder and CEO, Talkingeyes&More GmbH, Medical Valley Center Erlangen
2010 Founder and Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Ophthalmological Preventive Medicine and Imaging, University of Erlangen-NurembergPrizes and awards
2005 Medical Technology Prize of the city of Erlangen for the interdisciplinary prevention program
2007 Innovation Prize of the Klee Family Foundation for “Scanning Laser Doppler Flowmetry –
Development of a measuring system for determining retinal blood flow”.

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