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Does “rehabilitation exercises” refer to practice exercises or exercises for the eye, or both?


It refers to both. The content exercises included in the program build upon one another successively. These are displayed in a sequential fashion designed to provide text-based visual fixation practice and consistent repetition. The client learns to readily find and habituate the use of their best vision and apply it to the activities of daily living. As the exercises include extending the span of their best sight they simultaneously strengthen the ocular muscles.

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Is this software administered by a low vision specialist in clinical setting?


Yes, initially it is an administered program. There is an intake component conducted by a doctor or low vision specialist that includes identifying the client’s preferred retinal locus (PRL, the area of their best sight). The training practitioner then sets up the computer and the software to accommodate the person’s individual requirements. This includes computer positioning, font size and text location and if indicated, the placement of a fixation marker on the screen. The rehabilitation therapist then guides the client through a series of sequential exercises, evaluates progress and provides reinforcement of the skills being learned. However, the training doesn’t need to take place in a clinical setting. The program’s learning environment is computer based, self-contained and easily portable. Training can be delivered in any suitable environment. It requires only a laptop or other computer to implement.


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Is it utilized directly by end user?


Yes. Once the initial training sessions are underway there are self-paced practice exercises for the student’s use. While the client is learning facility in the steady eye technique they are also learning how to use MagnaFlyer itself. When training is completed MagnaFlyer then becomes an assistive technology for the client to use at home, school or work. It helps “level the playing field” for on-screen reading on the Web, or for most forms of electronic documents including email. Virtually any text that can be displayed on a computer, tablet or mobile screen can be enhanced with MagnaFlyer.


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How does it eliminate printed materials?


Printed materials have previously been used to accomplish the exercises now displayed using the MagnaFlyer software. All of the training materials are contained in the program so no paper materials need to be prepared or printed.


In what types of vision loss have you found this program most effective?


Steady eye technique has been used successfully for many years to help optimize remaining sight across a wide range of low vision diagnoses. MagnaFlyer is simply a more efficient analog that reduces the amount of time required for the student to achieve proficiency. Due to the predictable positioning and automatic magnification of the target text the display enables the consistent practice and repetition necessary to acquire a stable skill set.

In effect this teaching environment can be used to enhance the useful vision of anyone who has sufficient sight to see the text on the screen. To date, training using MagnaFlyer has been shown to provide benefits to those with central vision loss, peripheral vision loss and neurological and muscle control deficits.


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What are the software system requirements?


System Requirements:

Windows OS XP - Windows 7

1GB of Ram

    MagnaFlyer was developed was to serve two equally important purposes:
  • Allow the practitioner to more efficiently use their time in session to focus on the client
  • Give the client a way to achieve more positive results per session encouraging their confidence and reinforcing their own sense of progress.



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