Company develops new device billed as the future of eye care

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“In Florida, we have a lot of nursing homes,” says David Logan. “It gives them the same level of care that a patient should go to a doctor to get.”

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 12 million Americans have some form of visual impairment.

A Florida company has developed a new device, touted as the future of vision and eye care, that identifies early signs of vision loss, particularly glaucoma.

A Miami-based company called Heru has developed a VR-like headset designed to give doctors the ability to do specific vision tests easily and anywhere. To put this claim to the test, First Coast News Journalist Rich Donnelly joined Heru Senior Sales Manager David Logan at Riverfront Plaza to test the device.

“In Florida, we have a lot of nursing homes,” Logan explains. “It gives them the same level of care that a patient should go to a doctor to get.”

The Heru VR Headset is considerably smaller than traditional ophthalmologist desk equipment and can even be carried in a small briefcase.

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This is how it works; after putting on the helmet, points of light appear in random parts of the screen in front of the patient’s eyes. The patient then clicks a button on a trigger when they see the dot.

The reactions are recorded on a computer.

“It measures the patient’s peripheral vision and what is left of them and gives the doctor the ability to perform an analysis of the progression from one visit to the next,” says Logan.

“The patient sees the same type of test stimuli that they would see in older traditional devices,” adds Logan. “And the reports were designed to mimic existing industry standard test results.

The Heru VR headset was released in October and is available in almost every state in the country.

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