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Wing Yip, zory stoev; Determining success of the Orcam MyEye/MyReader in patients with visual impairment. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2017;58(8):3271.
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The OrCam is a device that uses optical character recognition technology in the form of a mounted camera that reads characters, recognizes faces and identifies products. This device is relatively new, therefore not much research has been done to evaluate the efficacy and characteristic patient population that would most benefit from it’s features. Our study aimed to identify which visually impaired individuals utilize the OrCam most and what specific tasks are most commonly used with the device, hence identify which factors contribute to being a successful user of the device.
A telephone survey consisting of 18 questions was conducted with 14 patients from the Chicago Lighthouse and Spectrios Institute who have purchased the OrCam. Out of the 14 patients, 2 declined to be a part of the study. Subjects ranged in age from 18 to >60 years old, 8 of them being over the age of 60 and all had a documented vision impairment.
Visual acuity was divided into two groups; visually impaired to legally blind and profound vision loss. 100% of the subjects used the OrCam for reading (N=12), with an average task satisfaction score of 3.8/5 using a likert scale self reported by subjects. 75% (9) of subjects were somewhat satisfied or highly satisfied with the OrCam reading ability. Of the subjects who had the MyEye, 55.5% (5) utilized the facial recognition feature and 44.4% (4) utilized the product identification feature. All subjects in the study had a history of using other technology devices such as CCTV, OCR, Siri, iPads, and not optical devices alone. 58% (7) used only technology and 42% (5) used a combination of optical and technology devices prior to obtaining the OrCam. 83% (10) of the subjects reported the OrCam was able to help them accomplish tasks they were not able to do prior to obtaining the device with continuous text reading being the most popular task.
OrCam enabled patients to complete tasks of daily living that they were not able to do prior to obtaining the device, with the most common task being continuous text reading. All subjects have had exposure to other assistive technology, which may indicate the OrCam requires some level of technological knowledge or patient motivation to embrace technology. OrCam should be introduced to patients regardless of visual acuity level and age, making this an appropriate low vision device for a broad population of patients.
This is an abstract that was submitted for the 2017 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Baltimore, MD, May 7-11, 2017.
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