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Kleifgen, who said her social media prowess was limited to Tweeting
the Madison, Wisc. weather report for students, posted a picture of a
retina with this Tweet:
#ifihadglass optometry would evolve. I could capture exactly what
I see for diagnosis, treatment and research. #eyes
She received an invitation to join the Glass Explorer program a
month later and picked it up at Google’s Venice Beach campus
when she was in San Diego for the American Optometric Student
Association’s annual meeting. (Explorer winners were required to
pick up the device at Google offices there, in the San Francisco Bay
area or in New York.)
“The biggest ‘wow’ moment with Glass was when I first put them
on,” Kleifgen said. “I had a preconceived idea of what it was going to
be like, but when I finally put them on, it was definitely an exciting
moment. Those initial minutes of learning how to use Glass and all it
can do were the most amazing to me.”
When she returned to campus, it was just a matter of days before
Kleifgen and Dr. Bruce Morgan, an MCO professor, conducted the
first eye examination using Glass. Morgan worked through common
optometric procedures while wearing Glass and obtained a live audio
record of the patient interview. He also pulled up photos on Glass,
which allowed him to instantly compare images of various conditions
of the eye to what he saw concurrently during the exam. In addition,
Kleifgen, working as a student doctor, used Glass’ video call function
during her exam of the patient to confer with Morgan, who could see
her view of the patient from an iPad in another room.
“Optometry is a very technology-driven profession and therefore,
from a patient-delivery perspective, we are quite interested in how
Google Glass can be utilized,” Morgan said. “Beyond that, Google
Glass is obviously not only an interesting development in technology
but is highly visual and utilizes a delivery device that we work with
every day — so it is a natural fit for our Vision Research Institute.
Kleifgen’s adventure as an Explorer has drawn worldwide media
attention, landing in newspaper, radio and television reports, blogs
and trade publications, from the front page of the
Detroit Free Press
to
USA Today
and National Public Radio to
Optician
, a leading trade
journal in the United Kingdom.
That thrills Norman.
“Our funding of this endeavor has exceeded our expectations in that
not only has the technology proven to have tremendous research
opportunities for students and faculty, but it has created positive
awareness of Ferris State University, the Michigan College of
Optometry and the Vision Research Institute,” Norman said.
Plans are under way for brainstorming sessions with MCO students
and use of social media to gather suggestions from other Ferris
students to investigate the impact Glass can have on vision. Some
already are being explored, such as its use by the Professional Golf
Management program as a teaching tool for golf professionals.
“There are many research-project ideas bouncing around,” said
Kleifgen, who admits she doesn’t wear Glass often in public, “because
I do look like I’m from ‘Star Trek.’” “We’re going to look at all the
possibilities and pick the most promising research topics. Glass has
many applications to optometry: in research, the clinic and in the
classroom. I am excited to see what we come up with and where
Glass takes us.”
Google Glass
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