February 1, 2024
IRVINE, Calif., and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., — OcuLenz, the new AR/XR headset from Ocutrx Technologies, Inc., is set for commercial release in the first half of this year. The headset has been engineered to enhance visual clarity for individuals living with advanced macular degeneration (AMD). It’s designed to be lightweight, user friendly, and enhance vision by overlaying high-contrast, pixel-manipulated images onto the user’s remaining viable field of view. This is particularly significant given the prevalence of advanced age-related macular degeneration – the leading cause of vision loss in adults over the age of 65. Currently, AMD affects approximately 20 million Americans.
OcuLenz uses pixel-manipulation software to process real-world video imagery and recreate it as an augmented reality display tailored to the user’s remaining good vision. By shifting pixels from the impaired central vision area to the more effective peripheral vision, OcuLenz compensates for the central vision loss characteristic of AMD. Its high-end optical engine delivers 2.5K resolution per eye and boasts a wide field of view — 60 degrees horizontally, 40 degrees vertically, and 72 degrees diagonally. This seamless integration of virtual and real-world elements creates a fully immersive and practical visual experience for the user.
Designed for function and mobility, the OcuLenz headset allows users to move freely and perform everyday tasks while wearing it. Additionally, with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, OcuLenz doubles as a versatile connectivity tool akin to a computer, tablet, or smartphone. This blend of technology not only enhances visual perception but also enriches the user’s interaction with their environment.
“Having personally witnessed the profound effects of visual impairment within my own family, the inception of OcuLenz extends beyond technological innovation,” says co-founder Michael Freeman. “It’s a portal to a more vivid and fuller life for many. Our device isn’t merely an advancement in augmented reality tech; it’s a substantial stride towards improving life’s quality. We’re making the once ‘unvisible’ visible, opening up a world so many have been missing.”