CES Digital Health Summit Recap

Dr. A is just back from her fun, informative and exciting trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Digital Health Summit. And wow - did she see some awesome new tech and share lots of information with attendees about digital eye strain and the effects of using digital devices on our eye health. Below she shares her perspective on the experience. "When I first arrived at the CES conference, I didn’t quite know what to expect. In my mind, I thought I would only see a roomful of new HDTV’s, smart phones, and audio equipment. I thought, what roll/impact will I have via The Vision Council at the Digital Health Summit that I will be attending?", said Dr. A.

"This role became immediately evident the moment I stepped into the convention center.  All around me, the very latest in health, fitness, wearable fit bands and new apps and devices that will allow people to be more proactive in maintaining and tracking their overall health.," said Dr. A.

Dr. A participated in the CES and the Digital Health Summit with The Vision Council to promote eye-healthy use of digital devices and how to prevent and protect eyes from digital eye strain.

At The Vision Council booth, developers, engineers, and regular consumers were very interested to hear about how digital eye strain affects our everyday lives (including Survivor contestants and winner Tyson Apostol & Rachel Foulger). We demonstrated the innovative lens technology that is available with and without a prescription to help alleviate eye strain from looking at digital devices. The Vision Council released a report about digital eye strain, and found that we look at our digital devices more than 100x a day - this includes smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. These digital devices emit a blue light that can be damaging to our eyes as well as cause many other serious health concerns - including interrupted sleep.

The Digital Health Summit held a fireside chat, moderated by Lygeia Ricciadi, where Dr. A was a panelist. Many topics that connect our digital world to our health were discussed. Wearable health and wellness tracking devices were a topic of interest as well as the harmful blue light emissions from digital devices. See a recap of Dr. A's fireside chat below.

Dr. A also got the opportunity to demo and try many of the new tech on display at the CES. Below is a rundown of her favorites and what they offer.

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Dr. A's Tech Picks CES 2015:

1. JINS MEME - Dr. A demoed this eyewear that tracks eye movements, blinking and more. 2. eyeSight - Dr. A demoed a touch-free interface that controls any screen with your fingers by using any camera on any device compatible with their software. Amazing! 3. Brothers Sewing - Automated sewing technology that will change how we use sewing machines. 4. Tobii Eye Experience - This technology uses your eye movements to scroll and click instead of a mouse. Dr. A was able to find Del Ray on Google Maps using just her eyes. 5. Rochester Optical 3D - These 3D and virtual reality glasses augment reality for patients suffering from vision-related medical conditions including macular degeneration. 6. Wonderwoof - Super adorable smart bow ties that track the health of your pet - from whether they have eat and drank to if they are stressed. 7. 3D Printing - Dr. A got to experience 3D printing in action - someday we may be able to 3D print a custom pair of frames for you! 8. Wearable Wellness Tracking - Wearables were everywhere - especially bands. These bands track everything from steps taken to heart rate and fitness information. Drawing the connection between these bands and health care professionals was a big topic of conversation at the Digital Health Summit. 9. SmartMat - The first interactive yoga mat that provides feedback and helps users to perfect their poses.

And a few more awesome tech ideas like interactive home tech (control the dishwasher from work!), curved TV screens to allow for a more enhanced visual experience, interactive 3D eyewear that allows you to read text and shift your gaze within the screen to view a 3D graphic like maps of what you've read (a great educational tool), and robotics - from cleaning your house to acting as your personal nurse aid - robotics were everywhere in all sizes!

"All in all, as an eye care provider I have an important role to play keeping my patients' eyes and vision healthy. By utilizing the latest emerging technologies in health and wellness, I am able to be an active participant in my patients' health. This technology enhances the open dialog with my patients about their personalized health plans and keeps me engaged with their concerns and questions about keeping themselves healthy," said Dr. Dora.

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