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Spinal Cord Injuries

Users find the Eyegaze Edge a fast and easy method of computer access, even if they retain verbal and head control to use other methods.


Spinal Cord Injuries

Quadriplegia resulting from spinal cord injury presents no limitations for Eyegaze Edge operation. The Eyegaze Edge is often an excellent tool for people who are ventilator-dependent and quadriplegic.

Eyegaze Edge® Features

Allows Users To Manipulate Computers More Quickly

Speech Generation for Non-Verbal Users

No Dependence on Head Movement

Low Eye Fatigue


Using Eyegaze® with a Spinal Cord Injury

With a tracheostomy in place, absence of airflow through the vocal folds leaves individuals without the ability to speak, which can cause significant distress and frustration.

With receptive language and cognitive abilities intact, the eyes can become a portal for basic communication and a method to navigate the internet and functions of a computer. With this access in place, communication and quality of life increase.

The eyes become a portal for basic communication.
The Eyegaze Edge is also being used by some people with spinal cord injuries who are verbal, or who are able to move their heads, but find direct-selection with the eyes a faster and easier method of computer access than alternative methods of row/column scanning, voice control, headmouse, laser pointer, or mouth/head sticks.

Using eye movement as an access method can prolong the ability to work and communicate each day, every day.

Users with spinal cord injuries find the Eyegaze Edge one of the faster and easier methods of computer access, even when they retain the ability to use other methods.


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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