Sight is the sense that provides the most information to the brain, so it is advisable to take special care to take care of it and even train it, which can also be done. Because visual health goes far beyond having or not having myopia, astigmatism or presbyopia. A person can wear the proper glasses to correct any of these refractive errors and still have no visual acuity. That is, you may notice that you do not clearly perceive the objects around you. And that can be remedied by exercising our eyes.
To carry out this training, the Bilbao firm e-Health Technical Solutions has developed software that helps both in the evaluation and in the treatment of visual dysfunctions. «Our goal in creating Wivi is to improve people’s quality of life by improving their vision. There are people who see blurry or suffer from visual fatigue and headaches or who are clumsy when carrying out certain tasks, and that causes problems for them to function or to relate, “explain its founders, the telecommunications engineer Eva García Ramos and the optometrist Juan Carlos Ondategui.
“We want to universalize treatments that are now performed in very few cases, so that sometimes patients are put into the hands of specialists too late,” they point out to emphasize that it is at an early age when it is most effective to work on aspects such as coordination of both eyes, accommodation, depth perception or relief vision.
e-Health Technical Solutions
Artificial intelligence for the diagnosis and treatment of visual dysfunctions that can be corrected by ‘training’ the eyes through 3D video games
Reduce school failure
«Between 30% and 50% of children have some type of visual dysfunction and of these, 10% are severe. In Europe, there are 15 million children with severe limitations due to visual impairment. That is they see double, do not focus or that when reading their eyes jump in a chaotic way so they do not understand what they read, for example. These visual dysfunctions are only treated in 2% of cases and are sometimes even confused with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The good news is that it has been proven for thirty years that with visual training these problems can be corrected in 95% of cases, which in turn implies reducing school failure and improving the social integration of children “, they emphasize.
From one year you can go to three months with two weekly sessions of twenty minutes
While the software performs the diagnosis and treatment, the child plays with 3D glasses
However, according to your data, «Only 1% of optometrists offer these services». “Typically, specialists address the optical part of the visual system, which is corrected with glasses or contact lenses, but not as much attention is paid to the neural part, which controls eye movements and fine focus ; nor to the psychic, which is the one that encodes and decodes and makes us interpret what we see, “they clarify. And not because its importance cannot or is not known, but because until now the means were “manual.”
That is, working as a physiotherapist does, helping the child to perform different types of exercises such as following a pen with the gaze, for example. Naturally, this dedication for periods that are usually one year ends up being expensive. Not to mention that for the little one, therapy is anything but entertaining and the difficulty involved in obtaining the continued attention of such a young audience.
So when they specialize in treating the cognitive aspects of vision “in an affordable way”, they have resorted to artificial intelligence, which allows them to personalize the ‘training’ giving each patient the stimulation that their eyes need in each session, while disguising the diagnosis and treatment as a video game.
Three months of treatment
“Based on the initial evaluation carried out by the software, it determines what types of exercises each person has to do and follows their evolution to adapt those exercises,” say its creators. The data obtained by Wivi are «totally objective parameters, which for specialists represents a qualitative leap to complete the information they have obtained with other tests. At the end, one year treatments can be reduced to three months with two weekly sessions of twenty minutes each», They emphasize.
And while the software does its work, the child amuses himself with 3D glasses and a series of video games. “We wanted to make the diagnosis itself a unique experience and that, if from that fifteen-minute test it was deduced that a treatment is necessary, it would also be entertaining”, García and Ondategui insist.
This year the firm has started the commercialization of Wivi, which is endorsed by the Ministry of Health, among both public and private health services, with special emphasis on opticians. Now they are finalizing their launch on the European market, for which they will present their project on the 20th and 21st at the fifth edition of B-Venture. The largest entrepreneurship forum in northern Spain is organized by EL CORREO with the sponsorship of the Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and the Environment of the Basque Government, the SPRI development agency, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the Bilbao City Council, and the collaboration of the Port of Bilbao, BStartup of Banco Sabadell, BBK, Laboral Kutxa, CaixaBank and the University of Deusto.
The artificial intelligence of IBM Watson
To develop the treatment of aspects of visual health, e-Health Technical Solutions has turned to Watson, the artificial intelligence developed by IBM, the same one that in 2011 became famous for winning the two best contestants in the Jeopardy television contest. Since then, its developers have fine-tuned its ability to process natural language, while machine learning makes it more efficient at assimilating information, which gives it great potential in medical research as support in recommending the most appropriate treatment for each patient.