Web Vision Technologies has received two grants to develop vision testing devices for use on the International Space Station, the company announced in a press release.
The grants from the Translational Research Institute will fund the development of devices NASA can use to detect, monitor progression of and guide medical interventions for vision issues experienced by astronauts during long-duration space missions, the release said.
The first device being developed is a compact, self-imaging retinal camera. Currently in its second development phase, the camera will allow users to take an image of their retina in order to detect and monitor spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS).
A goggle-based headset that allows astronauts to test the functionality of their visual fields is the second device in development.
“We are excited to be working with NASA on these two very important vision testing devices,” Bob Main, CEO of Web Vision Technologies, said in the release. “We are passionate about helping the space program achieve their goal of returning to the moon and putting humans on Mars, and we are confident that the team we have put together will be able to deliver the technology that NASA needs to help monitor and find a solution to the SANS vision issue affecting astronauts on long duration flights.”
Web Vision Technologies will be working with Nidek Technologies on the development, design and prototypes of the devices, the release said.