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The Snellen chart instantly takes us back to our first visual acuity test in early childhood. Some may have also tried to figure out what are the various digits in their eyeglass prescriptions – without ever coming to a real understanding of what they meant.
This one-dimensionality of vision testing was something that bothered vision researched, eye doctor and Doctor of Medicine, Markku Leinonen. Leinonen had first become interested in functional vision and visual performance when working with visually impaired children and adults. While ophthalmologists were focused on treating eye diseases and optometrists on performing vision acuity tests, nobody had really given that much thought to the role of vision in our overall well-being. This was particularly odd since vision was known to be our most important brain function – conveying 80% of the messages regarding our environment to our brain. Basic healthcare provided no tools to measure this.
Leinonen realized how important it was to accurately understand our eye movements as a part of the whole visual function of a human being. Vision isn’t just seeing. It’s much more than just measuring how well we can see at certain distances. It’s about how well we can move, react, read or help us succeed at sports, at home, at work.
Today Leinonen’s innovation has begun to revolutionize our understanding of measuring vision – our ability to observe and make vision-based decisions. The diverse data Ocusweep provides about our eye movements, acuity of vision, size of visual field and reaction time has opened a range of possibilities in the field of holistic healthcare. The tests accumulate a database which in the future can be utilized to observe and monitor brain injuries and dementia and measure cognitive performance.
In short, Ocusweep is the new way to see seeing.