Could We Use VR To Correct Eyesight?

I am interested in how we can improve the human condition with technology. Could we use VR to correct eyesight?

Monitoring eyesight
Could we shift the focal length in VR to correct eyesight? Credit:

I’m not an optician, or opthamologist. So nothing I say here could have any bearing on reality. But I am interested in how we can improve the human condition with technology. Could we use VR to correct eyesight?

Both my step- and biological fathers were airline pilots. And on the biological side I have two generations of military and commercial pilots. Like me, all of them had 20/20 vision in their teens. However, they all needed glasses in their 30’s and 40’s whereas my eyesight is still 20/10.

Even without this personal observation though, it’s hard not to notice how many pilots wear glasses. One of the reasons, I believe, is because of the amount of time they spend focusing at a fixed distance. Whilst there’s the big blue sky, the eye tends to focus on the glass of the window and the cockpit console. This is a similar effect to everyone who works for long hours staring at a computer screen.

Well, that and age of course.

So my question is, “Could we reverse this using VR?”

If we can reverse, or at least mitigate the effects of eyesight in children using corrective lenses, could we do the same in VR?

Could you enter a prescription into a VR system, which then changes the focal length of the display ever so slightly so as to exercise your eye appropriately? Tracking the eye would allow the system to discern fatigue, again changing the focal distance to reduce strain. Over time, exercising the eye in this way, theoretically at least, would do the opposite of relaxing the eye at a single focal length.

Is this even possible? Are you, or do you know an optical specialist who’d be interested in researching this with me?

The same could be true for hearing as well. Could we alter frequency and volume to regain hearing across certain volumes?


The Importance Of Bedtime Stories

Of all activities in life, I’ve come to the realisation that the bedtime story is most important. More than important, significant! It is the lifeblood to educate, comfort, nurture, develop creativity, and most importantly, to build rich relationships.

And I didn’t tell enough of them. Not by a long shot.

It’s probably my only regret. Well, certainly my biggest.

I especially regret the times I was at home; too busy commuting, working on projects, or studying. Too invested in my career, and not nearly enough in my family.

Don’t get me wrong, I did read and tell many stories in my time. Just not enough, and I didn’t begin early enough. I learned too late that the (bedtime) story is more important than anything else you do. Seriously, in the hospice when your kids can’t relate to you, you’re not going to care about that sale in 2007, that certificate of excellence in 2012, or that shiny medal.

And then there’s the travel. My entire career has seen me spend long hours, days, even weeks away from home. Of course I faxed, phoned, then Skyped, and now FaceTime and WhatsApp my family. But it’s hardly being in the room with The Very Busy Spider, Harry Potter, Jock of the Bushveld, or stories of lives I’ve lived.

There are two technologies that are going to revolutionise stories for when you have to travel.

Soon you’ll literally be able to holoport with Augmented Reality

And right now you can join your child in a fantasy world with Virtual Reality:

But whether you’re in the bedroom, or your hotel room, you still need to take the time to tell stories to your kids. That’s not about technology, we’ve been sharing stories since before inventing fire.

Ricoh Theta S
The 360 Ricoh Theta S Video Camera

For myself, I’m going to buy a 360 Camera and start recording myself reading and telling bedtime stories. So my grandkids can enjoy time with their grandad even when I’m gone.

How about you?