Brain Injuries and StrokesUsers that have a consistent way to communicate yes and no can use the Eyegaze Edge®, even if they have lost reading ability.
Brain Injuries and Strokes
- Attention & Organization
- Reading Ability
- Spelling Ability
- General Vision Problems
Eyegaze Edge® Features
Picture-Icon Communication System Available
Speech Generation for Non-Verbal Users
Compensation for Double Vision or Other Vision Problems
Using Eyegaze® with a Brain Injury or Stroke
In general, if the individual demonstrates a consistent way to communicate yes and no, they demonstrate some level of cognition sufficient for Eyegaze use. Even if they have lost their ability to read, spell or type on a keyboard using their eyes, they may be able to use our wide array of picture-icon communication boards on the Eyegaze Edge system.
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With over 31 years of experience with individuals with complex medical situations, we have learned that many individuals do not have 2 normally-functioning eyes that gaze consistently on their desired target. We also know that eyes change over time and that our customers need a communication system that compensates for these variations.
Vision Problems and Eyegaze Edge® Solutions
Vision problems such as diplopia (double vision), blurred vision, alternating strabismus and homonymous hemianopsia (vision field-cut) may impede Eyegaze use. In other cases, cranial nerve damage may limit the individual’s ability to control their eye movements. Eyegaze Inc’s multi-disciplinary approach and technological advancements allow several work-arounds to address these challenges.
These work-arounds are possible because the Eyegaze Edge precisely tracks the movement of one eye with minimal infrared light. In the case of diplopia or alternating strabismus, applying a nasal-side patch to the eye that is not being tracked may solve the problem. This intervention causes one eye to consistently look at the screen, providing maximum gaze point accuracy, without impeding peripheral vision on the partially patched eye. Meanwhile, the individual retains a full field-of-view.
Additionally, the Eyegaze Edge Settings program offers a variety of adjustments that enables an individual to activate an Eyegaze key quickly while providing a short recovery period to give them extra time to move their eyes off a target and onto the next. If the individual has a vision field-cut, customized screens may be created to avoid the area of the screen the user can’t see. Eyegaze Edge users have various choices of keyboards that will accommodate specific visual impairments, including switch scanning and two-stroke keyboard pages.
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