Diseño y Evaluación de un Sistema Simulador de Patologías Visuales (Design and Evaluation of an Eye Disease Simulator)

Ramiro Velázquez (rvelazquez@up.edu.mx)1, Jorge Varona (jvarona@up.edu.mx)1, Pedro Rodrigo (prodrigo@up.edu.mx)1, Eduardo Haro (eharo@up.edu.mx)1, Mario Acevedo (macevedo@up.edu.mx)1

1Universidad Panamericana

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Aug. 2015
Volume: 13,   Issue: 8 
ISSN: 1548-0992

This paper presents the design, development, and preliminary evaluation of a computer-based system capable of simulating the consequences of several eye diseases in human vision. The system consists of a video camera, a computer, and a virtual reality (VR) helmet. Real-time image processing techniques are applied to the camera's video signal and the result is projected on the VR helmet. Upon the use of filters or masks, users can experience eye pathologies such as glaucoma, hemianopsia, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, among others. The system was validated by qualified experts and evaluated by healthy sighted in tasks such as reading and mobility. Results obtained allowed users to develop a greater awareness of the nature of visual impairments. The system is also intended to be used as a technological platform for testing assistive devices for visually impaired people.

Index Terms:
visual impairment, low-vision related eye pathologies, digital image and video processing, simulator, wearable system   

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