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Eye-tracking device could diagnose brain injuries

A new eye-tracking device could diagnose Pennsylvania patients with everything from brain injuries to autism, according to a presentation at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show. The event was held Jan. 9 through 12 in Las Vegas.

A technology company called RightEye has created the EyeQ system, an all-in-one terminal that can identify health problems by using a computer and a Tobii eye camera. The company's CEO, Adam Gross, says that the system can diagnose concussions, reading problems, Parkinson's disease and even autism. It does this by tracking an individual's eye movement and reaction times during a series of eye tests. Once a health problem is diagnosed, the device provides therapeutic techniques to treat the ailment.

One of the most helpful tests EyeQ offers is called SportVision, which can quickly assess a patient for signs of a concussion. According to RightEye, EyeQ terminals have already been placed in 200 locations across the U.S. Clients include hospitals, schools, clinics and Major League Baseball. The latest model of the device will be released in February.

Concussions and other brain traumas can cause a number of long-term health issues, including coma, memory problems, cognitive issues, personality changes and permanent brain damage. Although often associated with contact sports, brain injuries are often caused by motor vehicle collisions and sudden slips and falls. If it can be demonstrated that the injury was caused by the negligence of another party, such as a motorist who was distracted by a cellphone or who was traveling too fast for road and weather conditions, the person who was harmed might want to have the help of a lawyer when seeking compensation.

Source: Engadget, "RightEye's EyeQ system uses eye-tracking to uncover brain injury", Nicole Lee, Jan. 7, 2018

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