Virtual reality (VR) technology is being used in lots innovative ways by global companies. Japanese medical technology company Hoya has been developing VR head-mounted displays (HMD) for medical use for a few years, and has now announced its latest model. The Hoya Vision Simulator is designed for opticians to show customers what their new lenses will be like before they buy them.
Using the wearers’ actual prescription, the HOYA Vision Simulator provides a accurate, 3D VR experience, visualising the optical effects of the various lens designs and treatments. HOYA aims to erase the line between VR and individual reality, giving wearers the opportunity to choose the lenses and treatments that work best for them.
The HOYA Vision Simulator is similar to HMDs like Google Cardboard or the Gear VR where an application is downloaded onto a smartphone that is placed into the headset. Wearers view a virtual environment which opticians can then apply the wearing parameters and exact prescription (every prescription type and cylinder is accommodated) and adjust for accurate pupil distance. The app is controlled by a tablet, with opticians deciding what wearers see and experience, and can demonstrate and explain the different options available.