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App allows users to 'see' retinal disease

A new virtual and augmented reality app called "In My Eyes" allows users to experience what it is like to have different kinds of retinal disease. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals teamed with Intouch Solutions to create the app. Available for free download in the iTunes and Google app stores, the app can be used with or without virtual reality goggles and has two modes. The story mode allows viewers to choose one of three patients sitting in a doctor's office and find out their story. The patients have one of three diseases: neovascular age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema or macular edema following retinal vein occlusion. The live mode utilizes the viewer's phone camera and enables the viewer to see whatever is in their line of vision through three different retinal conditions. The app's creators hope that the app will help doctors as well as caregivers of patients to better understand what the patients are experiencing and thus help all involved with the patient to better empathize and help the patient deal with the condition.*

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