For a more patient-friendly alternative to the tedium and location constraints of conventional perimetry, a new virtual reality (VR) headset can complete visual field testing in under three minutes per eye and in multiple settings around the practice, according to manufacturer M&S Technologies. The Smart System VR Headset can perform 10-2, 24-2 and 30-2 visual field and contour stereo testing, and features a built-in eye tracking function for fixation monitoring, the company says.

The programmable headset is lightweight, portable and does not require an internet connection to operate, says M&S. It features an adjustable head strap and is cushioned for a comfortable fit, the company adds. The device comes with a handheld controller for the patient and a tablet PC for the clinician that monitors and records test progression. In order to ensure accurate vision testing, the headset must be used in a fully illuminated room, and it features an option to pause or restart the test as needed, says M&S. Results can be printed or exported immediately once the test concludes.

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