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Retinal Eye Tracking Technology Can Predict Neurological Health

Posted on June 18th, 2020
Retinal Eye Tracking Technology Can Predict Neurological Health

New retinal eye tracking technology developed in UC Berkley’s accelerator, SkyDeck, has offered new possibilities for predicting and diagnosing neurological disease like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. C. Light Technologies introduced their retinal tracker paired with artificial intelligence earlier this year. It’s non-invasive and remarkably fast, technology could potentially only take ten seconds to monitor and track the status of neurological disease at the cellular level while also determining if certain medications are effective. 

How Retinal Eye Tracking Technology Works 

C. Light suggests this neurotechnology solution is 120 times more accurate than other commercially available eye trackers. How did C. Light accomplish this? The answer lies in their innovative Tracking Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (TSLO) developed by founder, Dr. Christy Sheehy, which provides unique eye motion data.  

“The back of your eye is actually the front of your brain,” Dr. Zachary Helft, co-founder, explains, “we use AI paired with eye tracking to create a digital fingerprint of your neurological health, with unprecedented speed and sensitivity. Other technologies use the pupil to track eye motion, but our technique images the retina for 120 times more sensitivity than the other tracking systems available today. In other words, C. Light measures eye motion that has been otherwise invisible through existing pupil tracking technologies.” 

This eye tracking system can provide sensitive results because of its retinal image captures, versus technologies using the pupil. The retinal images are highly detailed, offering data related to patients’ neurological health.  

Improving Treatment and Accurate Diagnosis 

C. Light’s  technology shows promise to better understand diseases like multiple sclerosis. In the future as this technology further develops it could be used to assess a number of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, and even concussions.  

A look inside your eye with TSLO could possibly illuminate data that previously has been unfathomable. It’s innovations like these that push the field of optometry to greater heights. While this technology is not yet readily available, it certainly shows promise for diagnostic tools in the future.  

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