Mind Tools has come across a pretty amazing new device gadget that fits into the category of Cognitive Optometry .

Behavioural optometry (also known as "functional optometry") is an expanded area of optometric practice that uses a holistic approach in the treatment of vision and vision information processing problems.[1] The practice of behavioural optometry incorporates various vision therapy methods and has been characterised as a complementary alternative medicine practice.

The Eyeport is an electronic vision training system that claims to improve your visual performance. "Through a combination of sound, color and light, the Eyeport optimizes the ability of the eyes to aim, track, focus and work together as a team," according to the company's site. Invented by Dr. Jacob Liberman and cleared by the FDA, the Eyeport certainly looks strange, but it's supposed to be easy to use. (Just don't poke your eye out.)

Each unit comes with a special pair of glasses with filters. Put on the glasses, look into the unit, and alternating red and blue lights will flash. However, the eye behind the red filter will see only the red light, while the eye behind the blue filter will only see the blue light. Because the lights turn on in different directions, patterns, and speeds, your eyes will experience various types of motion, including horizontal, vertical, diagonal, near, and far.

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The science behind the alternating red and blue lights is called chromatic aberration. "The focusing system contracts when it sees red and relaxes looking at blue. By combining eye exercises with specific colored lights, the Eyeport strengthens your vision skills in a revolutionary new way," says the company.

The Eyeport comes with preprogrammed workouts and multiple speed settings to exercise and train each eye individually. It's used by surgeons, police, professional athletes, pilots, and other professions. Not convinced? In 2007, a pilot study conducted at Northeastern State University College of Optometry demonstrated that "use of the EYEPORT significantly improved visual attention, focus and depth perception in subjects previously diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

The EYEPORT® Vision Training System has earned significant notoriety for its scientific research and recent 510-K clearance as a medical device from the FDA (US, Federal Drug Administration)

The EYEPORT® Vision Training System has earned significant notoriety for its scientific research and recent 510-K clearance as a medical device from the FDA. Read below to learn more about this exciting breakthrough.

Put to the Test

In the fall of 2003, Pacific University College of Optometry conducted the first independent clinical study of the EYEPORT Vision Training System. This carefully-controlled study demonstrated that using the EYEPORT Vision Training System for 10 minutes a day, over a 3-week period, resulted in statistically significant improvements in…

  • Aiming, tracking, focusing and teaming
  • Dynamic depth perception
  • Reading efficiency and comprehension


Additionally

Improvements in reading performance as well as certain visual enhancements were still present 3 weeks after participants stopped training.

The EYEPORT also demonstrated the potential to enhance the performance of individuals with unique visual demands, including pilots and athletes.

  • The entire study can be viewed here

EYEPORT and Little League Performance

In 2004, an independent study was completed on the effect of using the EYEPORT on the batting performance of little league baseball players. Results of that study demonstrated a 90% improvement in batting performance after only three weeks of use. Shortly after the completion of the study, this team emerged from the loser’s bracket to win their first league championship.

  • This entire study can be viewed here

EYEPORT and Law Enforcement

In 2005, a study was completed with the Maui County Police Department. The results of that study demonstrated that daily eye exercises with the EYEPORT significantly improved

  • Visual Attention
  • Speed and span of perception and…
  • Marksmanship after use of the EYEPORT

Additionally Police recruit trainers noticed visible improvement in

  • Speed of visual reaction time
  • Accuracy of visual recognition and…
  • Speed, accuracy and appropriateness of physical response.

Furthermore
After using the EYEPORT, one of the sergeants that supervised the program competed in the Hawaii State USPSA Championships and won the Open division and overall high score.

  • The entire study can be viewed here

EYEPORT Receives 510-K Clearance from FDA

In 2006, EYEPORT received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of poor accommodative and vergence facility, convergence insufficiency and large accommodative lag (in non-presbyopic subjects).

EYEPORT and ADHD

In 2007, a pilot study conducted at Northeastern State University

College of Optometry demonstrated that doing eye exercises with the EYEPORT significantly improved visual attention, focus and depth perception in subjects previously diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

  • The entire study can be viewed

here

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