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XR Macular Disease Awareness Experience


Macular disease impacts almost 1.5 million in the UK, with people of all ages living with the condition. Even though no cure currently exists, treatment may slow down the disease and diminish the severity of vision loss. Therefore, it is essential to raise awareness and recognition to be able to prevent macular disease already on early stages. With many conditions not visible to the naked eye, the created Extended Reality (XR) solution helped understand and learn what it is to live with some of the symptoms, submerging users into a virtual environment where they can live-through realistic real-life challenges that people with macular disease face every day.

This one of a kind unique, impactful immersive XR experience was developed to demonstrate the real-life challenges of people with macular disease and raise awareness of the problem to UK Members of Parliament (MPs) in order to help improve the National Health Service.


Experience was built using the most advanced XR headset, Varjo XR-3, with highest visual fidelity.

  • Varjo XR-3 see-through capabilities were used to overlay the real-life objects and surroundings with the condition symptoms in real-time (visual distortions, increased blurriness of printed words as well as a well-defined blind spot in their field of vision).
  • Experience utilized the device’s eye-tracking making it impossible to avert from the symptoms
  • Macular disease symptoms were recreated in XR using both visual materials and medical specialists' insights and feedback to ensure accurate condition representation.
  • While wearing the XR headset users were able to feel themselves in the shoes of persons with macular disease, helping them build empathy and much-needed understanding
  • The XR experience demonstrated the real-life challenges of people with macular disease in real-time

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