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Asteroid Binocular Vision Testing Device

Asteroid: Binocular Vision Testing Device for Children

Quote: KT163265

The Challenge

Problems of binocular visual control are the most common visual disorder in children in the developed world. It is essential that these visual problems are diagnosed early in childhood so that therapy can minimise the likelihood of sight loss due to amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. Current stereovision tests utilise books or plates which only display a limited number of pre-set disparities and stereoacuity estimates are based on just a few responses from the patient. These are also difficult to use in young children because tests may need to be done at a set distance or glasses worn and they are not engaging. Consequently obtaining an accurate estimate of stereoacuity is difficult. 

The Solution

Newcastle University has developed a fun, game-based stereoacuity test hosted on a 3D tablet where stereoacuity is measured as the child plays an interactive game with the viewing distance being automatically measured in real time. A large validation study has been carried out in 1000 children aged 2 to 9 years old and has demonstrated the acceptability of the test.

The Opportunity

We are interested in out-licensing the technology and/or identifying collaborative partners.

Intellectual Property Status

No associated patents.


Dr Marie Labus, Enterprise Team, Research & Enterprise Services, Newcastle University, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH, UK.