VR-based visual field impairment treatment solution designated as innovative medical device

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : May 22, 2023, 17:59 Updated : May 23, 2023, 09:25

[Courtesy of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety]

SEOUL -- A virtual reality device capable of providing cognitive therapies for those with visual field defects caused by brain damage was selected as an innovative medical device by South Korea's public health watchdog. The solution called "VIVID Brain" increases the scope of vision by upgrading the brain's function to adapt depending on the external environment or experience. 
Patients with visual field loss are unable to see some areas of their visual space even when their eyes are focused on the central point. According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the impairment can take place by damage to the brain. 

The device, developed by South Korea's digital therapeutics solution developer Nunaps, was confirmed to be effective, the drug safety ministry said. The ministry said the product treats visual field defects through repetitive visual stimulation training. 
So far, the ministry has designated 33 products as innovative medical devices including VIVID Brain. "We will continue to try hard to quickly provide safe and new treatment technologies for citizens by supporting outstanding techniques," the ministry said in a statement on May 22. 
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