Bringing Industry Experts Together to Develop New Diagnostic Technology for Deep Space Missions
NASA (National Aeronautical Space Administration) is developing an all-in-one testing device that will allow researchers to assess vision problems that arise in spaceflight.

In the “Vision for Mars Project,” NASA has partnered with a private company, Web Vision, to develop a compact, multi-purpose diagnostic that will work in the demanding confines of a spacecraft.

The Space Capsule Diagnostic Multi-Tool

The what-will-it-do list includes a vision testing (diagnostic) device that offers comprehensive vision testing, evaluation, and a guide to medical interventions of astronauts experiencing vision problems on future long-duration, deep space missions.

There is limited room for vision testing equipment on future spacecraft, so NASA needs a single device that is compact, and space hardened to conducts a multitude of vision tests including retinal imaging, visual fields, functional vision, OCT, etc.

Vision Problems in Outer Space

Astronauts currently experience significant vision issues on long-duration space missions on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA refers to the issue as Spaceflight-Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome (SANS).