Could Google Glass Hurt Your Eyes? A Harvard Vision Scientist And Project Glass Advisor Responds

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I relayed their concerns to Google.Babak Parviz, the head of the project, told me that the team has taken the possibility of side effects seriously since the beginning of the project in order to design a product thats safe, visually and otherwise. After some prodding, Google put me in touch with Eli Peli, a professor of ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School and a senior scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. Peli has been conducting research on the use and impact of head-mounted displays for two decades, and he has been consulting with the Glass team for nearly two years. They approached me before they really got started because they knew that safety and comfort were going to be important parts of their project, Peli said in an email. All told, the results we see so far are encouraging. The head-mounted displays I have worked with prior to this one have been just thatdisplays where you could play videos or computer games. Glass is designed for interaction and communication, which is what people want. Peli said that Glass has a more advanced design for safety and comfort than any of the previous head-mounted displays Ive evaluated. He noted that the glasses have a very minimal impact on the wearers field of vision, so that there was little chance of Glass putting a wearer at physical risk of bumping into objects. Theories about potentially serious consequences likeconfusion or disorientation were raised in the media and had echoes in the literature in the 1990s, butthey were associated with virtual reality type displays that completely enclosed the viewer, Peli wrote.
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Move over carrots: other key nutrients for healthy vision

It plays an important role in infant visual development, in visual function throughout life, and in eyesight and memory support with aging. The LUTEGA study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology showed that supplementation of lutein, zeaxanthin, DHA and EPA omega-3s result in increased concentrations of these nutrients in plasma and a significant improvement in the optical density of the macular pigment in 172 individuals with dry AMD. Vitamin E This essential vitamin, found in oils, wheat germ and peanuts, is an antioxidant that supports eye health. It may be difficult to get the recommended daily amount of vitamin E through diet alone 15 mg/day for anyone older than 14. For example, to get 15 mg of vitamin E, you would need to eat one cup of peanuts that comes with about 827 calories. You can also get this vitamin in foods such as spinach, salmon and walnuts.
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Lions Vision Center, Inc. Named Winner of $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit Grant in Phoenix

“This organization is truly deserving of the Humana Communities Benefit grant,” said Brendan Baker, Regional President of Senior Products for Humana’s Desert Pacific Region and co-chairman of the awards program. “We’re happy to help Lions Vision Center become more efficient in their work and expand to serve more people with quality eye care.” For more information on the Humana Communities Benefit program in Arizona, visit http://www.humana.com/hcb. About the Humana Foundation The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health care companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humana’s corporate headquarters, the Foundation’s mission is to promote healthy lives and healthy communities. The Foundation’s key funding priorities are childhood health, intergenerational health, and active lifestyles. For more information, visit http://www.humanafoundation.org.
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