Researchers develop OLED-based "sleep mask" to treat sight loss noninvasively

Researchers from Northumbria University and PolyPhotonix developed a new OLED-based "sleep mask" that can be used to treat sight loss noninvasively. The researchers say that this new device is the world's first noninvasive primary-care treatment for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The researchers are already doing extensive clinical trials (at the home). They say that if this proves useful, it will be much cheaper than current treatments (and it's also non-invasive).

As far as we know PolyPhotonix are using PLED materials and are producing those prototypes at the UK-CPI.

Posted: Jul 07,2013 by Ron Mertens


Shalom Ron,

I don't get, what exactly the OLED should be doing? Can you explain the idea of it more thoroughly?

Shalom Urijah. I don't know exactly, but I'm guessing that lighting the eyes with soft light from the OLEDs somehow helps visually impared people. OLEDs has been used for other treatments as well.