Virtual reality technology helps raise awareness of rare eye condition

Virtual reality technology helps raise awareness of rare eye condition

A virtual reality app created within Insigneo aims to give users an insight into how sufferers of the eye condition Nystagmus Oscillopsia experience the world.

Nystagmus is a condition where the eyes wobble involuntarily, while Oscillopsia is a symptom of Nystagmus where the sufferer also experiences the world moving around them.

The app has been produced by Insigneo researcher David Randall, under the supervision of John Fenner and Helen Griffiths from the University’s Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics. It can be used with a virtual reality headset and allows users to get a sense of life with Oscillopsia.

The app is currently being trialled with volunteers who have experience of Oscillopsia to make sure the simulation of the condition is as accurate as possible.