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Multiple Sclerosis

Users are able to maintain communication with the Eyegaze system, even as physical abilities decline.


Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, debilitating disease of the central nervous system that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves, and communication systems in over 2.5 million people worldwide.

Different classifications of MS show differing outward progressions of the disease, thus making the need for MS treatment highly individualized. For many people with MS, the slow or rapid decay in neurological and motor function will ultimately lead to a decline in communication ability.

Eyegaze Edge® Features

Compensates for Declining Communicative Abilities

No Dependence on Motor Skills

Low Eye Fatigue


Using the Eyegaze Edge® with Multiple Sclerosis

The speech of MS patients is often affected by progressive incoordination, muscular weakness, and spasticity over phases of relapse, and is characterized by labored articulation, impaired volume control, impaired emphasis, and articulatory breakdowns. Individuals with MS report changes in life participation, and specifically communication participation.

For example, individuals who experience ataxic dysarthria express that their desired communication does not come out properly, leaving them misunderstood by listeners.

Pauline and Reggie are a loving couple taking control of their lives with the Eyegaze Edge®.
The eyes become a portal for basic communication.
Additionally, language output ability and stamina to communicate decreases. With these factors in minds, individuals who lose the ability to functionally communicate throughout the day will benefit from Eyegaze communication access. Quality of life, in terms of decline in communicative ability and preserving patient communication rights is vital.

For Eyegaze Edge users with MS, it may be necessary to increase the font size on the screens if the disease has affected the user’s vision. In the past, prior to the advent of medications to treat MS, steroids were used to treat exacerbations of the disease. Cataracts are a common side effect of frequent steroid use and can interfere with eye tracking. If the cataract is removed the Edge will typically track the user’s eye without difficulty.


What Users Say About Eyegaze

My arms and hands were deteriorating quite rapidly meaning I couldn’t work anymore. The Eyegaze saved my software engineering job. I can control a Mac and do everything with my eye that I used to do with my hands. I can respond to email, I can surf the web, and I can hold conversations…

Software Engineer, MIT

I can read books using Kindle, listen to music, email, surf the web, play games, and more. I am once again my old self. Without it I would be a prisoner in my body, with it I am the same smart guy I used to be, with the exception of being paralyzed.


Thank you and everyone you work with. My son Jack is laying in his hospital bed right now using his Eyegaze to chat with his friends on Facebook, check his email, and he just posted on his web page… the nurses and doctors are amazed watching him do all of this with a breathing tube in his throat and about 20 other assorted lines attached to various parts of his body.


My student does research on the Internet for the library, with the aid of her Eyegaze Communication System, and she loves it.
Mary Whitley

Service Coordinator, TCRC Alph Resource Connections Library

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