By B.N. Frank
Research has already proven that Virtual Reality (VR) causes balance issues, behavioral changes, cognitive problems, eye problems (soreness, vision changes), headaches, and more. Blue light exposure from all sources – including screens used in VR goggles – has also been equated with near-sightedness, macular degeneration and blindness.
This being said – I always feel like I’m in The Twilight Zone when I hear about healthcare professionals promoting the use of VR for any reason. But they are again, and this time it’s for caregivers.
From KSHB Kansas City:
CHICAGO, Ill. – November is Alzheimer Awareness Month. And with nearly six million Americans living with the disease, healthcare providers are looking for innovative ways to treat patients.
One pilot program is putting caregivers inside the mind of Alzheimer’s patients.
Using a virtual reality headset and console, Amelia Williams is immersing herself into the mind of a fictional dementia patient known as “Beatriz.”
Williams is a research coordinator at Rush University Medical Center .
“I didn’t expect it to be as disorienting as it was,” said Williams.
Hmmm. Maybe it was also disorienting because VR can cause balance issues.
Countless professional caregivers as well as family members have been able to learn how to care for and empathize with Alzheimer patients without using VR. Risking their own health to “walk a mile” in a fictional Alzheimer’s patients shoes shouldn’t suddenly be a requirement.
Activist Post reports regularly about risks associated with Virtual Reality and other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives.
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