Hong Kong James Dyson Award-winning design offers personalized eye care and easy eye physiotherapy at home | Taiwan News

Easy-to-use, non-invasive wearable device could prevent development of glaucoma in mild and pre-glaucoma patients

  • Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss affecting approximately 80 million people worldwide[1] and each year, 3.6 million people permanently lose their sight due to eye disease. It is also the leading cause of permanent blindness recorded in Hong Kong (23%)[2].
  • Caused by interocular pressure (IOP) on the optic nerve, glaucoma is painless and progresses slowly, but there is no preventative treatment to reverse glaucoma.
  • Current therapeutic approaches to preserve failing vision involve IOP reduction, but are only available to diagnosed patients and may involve invasive surgery or daily doses of eye drops which can have side effects.

HONG KONG SAR – Media outreach – September 7, 2022 – This year’s Hong Kong National James Dyson Award winner tries to find a new solution to solve this problem.

O_Oley is a non-invasive physical therapy device that can arrest the development of glaucoma in mild and pre-glaucoma patients. Users wear a set of comfortable curved shell goggles for non-contact thermal stretching of their eyes. Through customizable adjustments, the device actively stretches the ocular muscles of the eye, improves tear secretion, and improves ocular compliance.

Comprising a Corneal Tissue Compliance Enhancement (CTCI) system and multiple visible and IR spectra to increase ocular tissue temperature, the O_Oley stimulates blood circulation and induces relaxing thermal stretching of ocular tissue to enhance its ability resist intraocular pressure. This reduces stress in the eye tissues and decreases the risk of optic nerve damage caused by glaucoma.

Unlike other glaucoma treatments for diagnosed patients, O_Oley is non-invasive and provides a comfortable warming therapy experience suitable for home use.

The inventor
O_Oley was designed by a team from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, consisting of Kin Nam Kwok (leader), Kwun Chung Chan, Minji Seo and Yuen Yin Leung.

The HKUST team hopes their design can help reduce the global prevalence of glaucoma through an easy-to-use device that can be adjusted to the needs of different users and comfortable enough to continue daily use.

Winning the Hong Kong National Stage of the James Dyson Award will inject £5,000 into the O_Oley project, enabling the team to patent their design and launch a startup to make O_Oley smaller, lighter and more efficient.

Kin Nam Kwok said: Our passion and curiosity helped brainstorm and gather ideas for this device. Inspired by hot yoga, our team decided to explore the same concept for healthy eyes. Inspired more by Dyson’s bladeless fan, we implemented non-contact inductive stretching, rather than full contact stretching like commercial eye massagers. »

Steve Yeseung, Hong Kong judge“While accumulated eye pressure is the primary risk factor for glaucoma, I’m pleased to see O_Oley present a sensible approach that uses regulated negative pressure and IR irradiation to alleviate these conditions. Its glasses-sized design is commendable as it makes this therapy possible at home and encourages patients to continue performing the treatment effortlessly. This is a promising solution and good news for all glaucoma patients.”

O_Oley’s first technical and clinical prototype took the form of swim goggles with a flat front crystal sheet that allowed the team to monitor eye conditions under varying levels of stretch. By 3D scanning a face model, the team was able to test and examine the fit of different eyewear shapes. For the commercial prototype, they simplified the design, making it more comfortable and robust.

The O_Oley will go on the international stage of the James Dyson award and the O_Oley team aims to bring this product to market. The team wants user feedback to improve the interface and functionality and hopes to create custom exercise protocols in addition to design based on users’ eye conditions and health. The team also wants to develop a mobile app to make the customization process easier and more enjoyable for users.

The international shortlist will be announced on 12e October, and international winners on 16e November.

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is part of a wider commitment by Sir James Dyson, to demonstrate the power of engineers to change the world. The competition has supported over 300 inventions with cash prizes, and is run by an engineering training charity funded by Dyson profits.

The and the Foundation’s work encourages budding engineers and problem solvers to apply their knowledge and discover new ways to improve lives through technology. To date, James and the James Dyson Foundation have contributed over £140 million to groundbreaking concepts in education and other charitable causes.

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About the contest

The brief

Design something that solves a problem. This problem can be a frustration that we all face in daily life, or a global problem. What matters is that the solution is effective and demonstrates thoughtful design thinking.

The process

Entries are first judged nationally by a panel of external judges and a Dyson engineer. Each operating market awards a national winner and two national runners-up. From these winners, a panel of Dyson engineers then select an international shortlist of 20 entries. The top 20 projects are then reviewed by Sir James Dyson who selects his international winners.

The price

  • The international winners, chosen by Sir James Dyson, received up to £30,000.
  • International finalists receive £5,000.
  • Each national winner receives £5,000.

The deadline for applying: midnight PST on July 6, 2022.

How to enter

Applicants enter via an online application form through the James Dyson Prize

Participants must explain what their invention is, how it works and their development process. The best entries solve a real problem, are clearly explained, show iterative development, provide evidence of prototyping, and are accompanied by images and a video.

All judges will take into consideration restrictions on prototyping and product development resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be, or have been within the past four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate engineering/design-related course. This course must be taken at a university in a country or region chosen to participate in the James Dyson Prize.

In the case of team entries, all members must be, or have been within the past four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate program at a university in a country or from a region chosen to take part in the James Dyson Prize. At least one team member must have studied an eligible engineering or design subject. Those participating in a degree-level apprenticeship at Level 6 or Level 7, and those who have completed such apprenticeship within the past four years, are eligible to participate in the award.

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