IrisVision tool for the visually impaired

Samsung Electronics Australia, IrisVision and Vision Australia have announced the availability of a medical device that helps the visually impaired through virtual reality technology.


The IrisVision software platform runs on a Samsung S7 smartphone and Gear VR headset. Using powerful magnification, IrisVision can help clients with tasks for near, intermediate or distance; whether it's reading, writing, maintaining personal care or observing the family photographs.


Vision Australia CEO Ron Hooton said, “It [IrisVision] helps enhance the remaining sight of people with a range of conditions, allowing them to carry out every day activities that others take for granted.”


IrisVision is one of the world’s first device that offers the ability to view at different distances and provides a field of view of up to 70 degrees whilst being able to focus automatically.


Ammad Khan, CEO Iris Vision said, “One of the most remarkable things about IrisVision is that at the heart of the system is a smartphone just like the ones people carry every day, making this an easy-to-use solution for the vision impaired.”

IrisVision using Samsung Gear VR

Developed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins optical clinic, IrisVision utilises customised software on a Samsung smartphone and Samsung Gear VR (virtual reality). When using the device, the patient can control their magnification level, and use multiple viewing modes such as full screen with bubble, bioptic/split screen, line reading and many more depending on what task you want to do or what you want to view.


IrisVision can be suitable for Australians living with low vision due to a range of conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic-related implications and other stroke and neurological conditions. Anyone interested in using IrisVision must consult their qualified medical professional before proceeding.


IrisVision is available now through Vision Australia for $4,000.00, before purchasing Australians are recommended to have an assessment with Vision Australia’s clinical staff to assess if it is right for them.


More information about IrisVision can be found at


Always seek advice from a qualified medical professional before considering IrisVision.


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12 November 2017.