Co-founders Dr Luke Anderson and Dr Stephanie Campbell both work within the NHS, Stephanie is a Vision Scientist and an NHS Optometrist and Luke is a Consultant Eye Surgeon.
Luke and Stephanie both understand the difficulties of testing children’s vision, this can be due to children's lack of concentration or inability to read a letter chart, very often this can lead to misdiagnoses, further appointments and ultimately additional stress on NHS resources. Currently routine checks should be done on all four year old children in Wales, however, this is not always the case. Vision Game Labs aim to solve the problem of misdiagnoses and the lack of testing in small children.
Luke and Stephanie believe that in the 21st century, most blindness is preventable. But patients must be identified early. They came up with an idea of testing eye sight in children through a playful serious game, allowing children was young as two to be screened for eye problems. The game tests for visual acuity, contrast sensitivity and colour sensitivity and allows pateients to measure their eyesight at home. This has the potential to revolutionise initial eye screening and contribute to efficiencies in health services.
The technology within this app interacts with a fiducial marker to track a patient's head position in relation to the iPad camera. General eye tests work based on distance so CEMET worked with VGL to find an alternative. The game uses optotypes, nine basic pixel grids that test visual acuity and sensitivity to grey contrast. Using colourful animation to keep children interested. It collates patient data and tests results allowing optomotrist and parents to see a decline in vision. The app also has artificial neural network capability which can allow it to be trained to identify certain eye problem.
The health industry has been turning to technology to improve its services for years. Luke and Stephanie saw the potential and due to their forward thinking and collaboration with CEMET their app is currently undergoing clinical trials.