Medical Virtual Reality

March 23, 2018

Virtual reality is not just for the use of gaming anymore, it is used in a wide variety of revolutionary medical applications; from helping with people’s’ phobias to teaching the human body to walk again. (uoflphysicians.com) (MIT Technology Review 2018) There is amazing evidence of the benefit of virtual reality, which can also be said to be the same as mind over matter. Technology has found the perfect way to mimic these natural behaviours. Using this kind of exposure therapy is having a huge effect on rehabilitation for many disorders including Addiction-Dementia-Phobias-Trauma (mental & physical) as well as anxiety, Ptsd, Burn victims for pain management, Autism and Meditation.(Tech Republic (2015)) There are also a number of negative effects from the continual uses of virtual reality goggles. These include nausea, dizziness, walking into walls, tripping, over cables etc. (1995) communication in the age of virtual reality.   There is also a sense of leaving your own physical reality which can be harmful to the individual. A condition known as Photosensitive Epilepsy which is triggered when unnatural stimuli is inputted like flashing lights and moving patterns. (guardian helmets)