Head-mounted digital metamorphopsia suppression as a countermeasure for macular-related visual distortions for prolonged spaceflight missions and terrestrial health

Joshua Ong, Nasif Zaman, Ethan Waisberg, Sharif Amit Kamran, Andrew G. Lee, Alireza Tavakkoli

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Abstract

During long-duration spaceflight, astronauts are exposed to various risks including spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome, which serves as a risk to astronaut vision and a potential physiological barrier to future spaceflight. When considering exploration missions that may expose astronauts to longer periods of microgravity, radiation exposure, and natural aging processes during spaceflight, more severe changes to functional vision may occur. The macula plays a critical role in central vision and disruptions to this key area in the eye may compromise functional vision and mission performance. In this article, we describe the development of a countermeasure technique to digitally suppress monocular central visual distortion with head-mounted display technology. We report early validation studies with this noninvasive countermeasure in individuals with simulated metamorphopsia. When worn by these individuals, this emerging wearable countermeasure technology has demonstrated a suppression of monocular visual distortion. We describe the considerations and further directions of this head-mounted technology for both astronauts and aging individuals on Earth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere26
JournalWearable Technologies
Volume3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2022

Keywords

  • design
  • optimization
  • performance augmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Rehabilitation

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