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How we are Utilizing VR Technology to Give More Advanced Eye Exams

With the continual advancement of new and exciting technologies, we are excited to announce that new tech has come to theIMG 9818 optometry space.  Our latest piece of equipment, the Virtual Field, is our new way of testing peripheral vision.  For years, we used the Humphreys Visual Field machine to test peripheral vision.

If you have been a long time patient of our practice you probably remember the peripheral vision testing sequence: 1) place a patch on an eye, 2) stick your head into a large, heavy half dome shaped machine, then 3) click a button whenever you see a flash of flight.  While that Humphreys visual Field Machine served us great for many years, it had a few drawbacks including a large footprint and accessibility issues for certain patients.

The Virtual Field brings all that the Humphrey’s Visual Field test has to offer into a virtual reality headset.  Due to Virtual Field’s sleek software - patients no longer have to worry about putting a patch on (the machine covers one eye for the patient), the test runs much quicker, the button is wireless and the patient can sit in whatever position is most comfortable due to the portability of the headset.  From an environmental standpoint, the unit uses much less energy, has much less plastic in its construction and also takes up much less space.  Additionally, the instrument gives patients instructions through an automatic robotic voice!

At Los Altos Optometric Group, we seek to always have the most innovative and technologically advanced equipment in our office to ensure the best exam possible.  Make sure to schedule an appointment with us today!

-Dr. Aaron Neufeld


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Dr. Aaron Neufeld is the Chief Optometrist at Los Altos Optometric Group and primary author and editor of The EYE Digest.

To contact him with questions or make an appointment call: (650) 948-3700 or send him an email:


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