LUBBOCK, Texas, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EyeGuide Focus detects concussions in 10 seconds by recording and interpreting athletes' eye movements. Focus can be administered immediately after a possible concussion. Just as important, it can be used to monitor recovery, providing accurate feedback showing the athlete's daily progress from injury back to health.
Preliminary results from testing, conducted over the last few months, already indicate that athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals are happy with the speed and ease of use of Focus, as well as the quality of the data being returned.
"Incorporating visual tracking abilities is the next step and is a good addition to our current protocols. The time efficiency is really nice - it's a short test. It's also easy to use," said Kimber Rodgers, boys athletic trainer at Frenship High School in Wolfforth, Texas.
EyeGuide Focus fills an obvious need in concussion detection and treatment. There are more than 3 million concussions yearly in the United States, enough for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to call it an epidemic. Many current detection tools cannot be used immediately after a possible concussion and often take far too long to administer. Some are also expensive, requiring schools on limited budgets to test only some of their athletes.
EyeGuide Focus, however, is affordable. "Any school, of any size, that buys it will be able to test every athlete, every year, in every sport," said Dr. Brian Still, EyeGuide Chairman.
It is also reliable. According to Dr. Benedicto Baronia, a pediatric neurosurgeon and concussion clinic director, "the most common concussion symptom is attention impairment. Evaluating eye movement is a more accurate measurement of attention impairment than neuropsychological testing used by many concussion products. EyeGuide Focus is simple but reliable because it tests users' eyes to see if they can visually keep steady, accurate attention on a moving object. If they cannot keep normal attention, then the failure to do so, given other factors, such as a hard hit in a football game, indicates possible neurological impairment."