83% of patients in Singapore with eye diseases are reportedly unaware of their own condition
We're trying to change that
We at Visual Reality develop engaging, educational content to raise awareness of eye diseases and thereby improve compliance to eye screening. This directly targets the lack of awareness, a major contributor to the heavy burden of VI in Singapore4 and the region1. Join us in ushering in a new era for the detection and prevention of potentially blinding diseases.
of Glaucoma cases
of Diabetic Retinopathy cases
are detected late, which results in suboptimal treatment
Visual impairment (VI) is a growing problem with blindness affecting an estimated 20 million and growing across Asia1. Studies have attributed an increased risk of death to VI3 as well as considerable socioeconomic costs2, more so than major conditions such as diabetes2.
Lack of awareness of eye diseases contributes significantly to the burden of VI from eye disease. In Singapore, 83.2% of patients with eye diseases are reportedly unaware about their own conditions4. Worse still, early detection of eye disease is suboptimal based on high rates of undiagnosed eye diseases detected during population studies - with 72.1% of Glaucoma5 and 83.3% of Diabetic Retinopathy6 detected during screening being previously undiagnosed. More work needs to be done to raise the public's awareness regarding such eye diseases to encourage early detection and treatment.
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Forbes - VISRE uses Immersive technology to advance population eye health
Dinesh Gunasekeran is a practicing doctor and founder of VISRE, an initiative to facilitate early detection of eye diseases through public education campaigns and the development of multi-platform immersive technology such as Augmented and Virtual Reality solutions.
NUS - NUS Alumni Dr. Dinesh sets his sights on preventing blindness with VISRE
It may be a significant problem that currently affects over 20 million people in Asia, yet eye disease - which can lead to visual impairment (VI), and eventually, blindness - remains a condition that many are unaware of. In Singapore alone, approximately 80 percent...
Straits Times - VISRE commended by British High Commissioner, funded by Commonwealth Fellowship
... The other awardees are Dr Dinesh Visva Gunasekeran, who will work with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London on the use of computer games and virtual reality in diagnosing eye diseases...
Business Insider - Team VISRE trailblazer for tech in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Dinesh, Founder, VISRE. A doctor himself, Dinesh started VISRE to help raise awareness and encourage early detection of eye diseases...
Tech In Asia - VISRE among Southeast Asia’s tech startup trailblazers
With a rising startup ecosystem and a record US$7.86 billion in startup funding in 2017, Southeast Asia is home to a growing pool of entrepreneurs. Here are 30 of the trailblazers who are 30 and under. We have included founders who are actively running a startup...
Digital transformation in health care during and beyond covid-19
Another promising application is the conversion of existing commercially available devices such as virtual reality headsets for functional monitoring of eye diseases with VISRE.
EyeWire - Using Augmented Reality (AR) for the next eye health frontier
Traditional health education campaigns lack engagement and have struggled to capture the attention of the public. This initiative is essentially EyeCU’s new take on traditional health education, being conducted through a digital campaign that we hope will help address this gap.
- Wong TY, Loon SC, Saw SM. The epidemiology of age related eye diseases in Asia. Br J Ophthalmol. 2006;90(4):506-511.
- Wang X, Lamoureux E, Zheng Y, Ang M, Wong TY, Luo N. Health burden associated with visual impairment in Singapore: the Singapore epidemiology of eye disease study. Ophthalmology. 2014;121(9):1837-1842.
- Siantar RG, Cheng CY, Gemmy Cheung CM, et al. Impact of Visual Impairment and Eye diseases on Mortality: the Singapore Malay Eye Study (SiMES). Sci Rep. 2015;5:16304.
- Huang OS, Zheng Y, Tay WT, Chiang PP, Lamoureux EL, Wong TY. Lack of awareness of common eye conditions in the community. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2013;20(1):52-60.