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Novel Spectacle Mounted Reading Telescope for Low Vision

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
25059
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
25059
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ocutech, Inc.
Box 625 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Novel Spectacle Mounted Reading Telescope for Low Vision
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1 R43 EY09322-1A2,
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

Improved reading and other near-range visual tasks are among the primary goals of most visuallyimpaired persons. Existing low vision optical aids serve these demands poorly due either to their veryproximate working distance (microscopes), or narrow field of view (telemicroscopes). In addition,current near optical aids can only be used at a fixed working distance. We will develop a novel binocularyoked-focus low vision reading telescope (BRT) specifically designed to maximize optical performanceat a "normal" near working distance. The device would be capable of focusing for different distances,would be light in weight, comfortable to wear, offer a wide field of view, and be acceptable inappearance. This concept is derived from our earlier, successful work with the horizontal light pathoptical design of the Vision Enhancing System (VES)TM. Phase I efforts will center upon the developmentof the optical design, yoked focusing mechanism, and mechanical design. A small number of initialprototypes will be constructed for preliminary technical and clinical evaluation prior to Phase IIrefinement and full clinical testing.

Principal Investigator:

Henry Greene
9199676460

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Ocutech, Inc.
Box 625 Chapel Hill, NC 27514

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No