Strides are being made across specialties in using eye-tracking technology to aid in medical diagnoses. For example, the results of a 2010 study showed promising results for using eye tracking to diagnosis autism spectrum disorders. Eye trackers are easy to use and implement for patients of any age, and this study found them an effective way to objectively track a marker of autism: focusing on geometric shapes rather than human figures.
Eye trackers can also be helpful in diagnosing physical problems with eye movements or the patient’s eye itself. Studies suggest that patients with glaucoma, for instance, have markedly different eye movements than patients without. Strabismus is another condition that may benefit from added technology since the current diagnosis method is often subjective and hard to use in large-scale situations like schools. Eye trackers like the one made by Gazepoint can offer objective data on an individual’s eye gaze movements, pupillary position, and more, which can lead to a better diagnosis of strabismus.
Not only can eye-tracking technology be used for medical diagnoses, but it can also be useful for treating conditions. In certain treatments, exercises are given to patients and eye tracking can be used to monitor eye gaze and movement during this process.
Eye trackers also offer a simplified and intuitive form of communication for individuals with communication disabilities. In fact, there are already models being put into use as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. They can be very useful for patients who have motor neuron diseases, as those patients often retain some movement in their eyes and can use an eye tracker to communicate.
The possibilities for eye-tracking technology in the field of healthcare are dazzling. From simple physical tests of eye health to cognitive studies of emotions and intention, the application of this technology has already proved to be widespread. You and your patients deserve to have the best possible tools to take advantage of it. That’s why Gazepoint offers our research-grade eye-tracking hardware and software at consumer prices. We want to see the results of your investigations as much as you do!
Get started today with the Gazepoint GP3 HD Ultimate Bundle. Each order includes our GP3 HD 150Hz Eye Tracker, Analysis UX Edition software, a laptop mount, a VESA monitor mount, and more. You’ll have all the equipment you need to integrate eye tracking into your study or practice, along with ongoing support and three years of software updates. Place your order today, and contact Gazepoint to let us know how we can further support you!