Dr Pete Jones demonstrates his eye condition virtual reality simulator

Dr Pete Jones demonstrates pioneering virtual reality technology to Heads of Government

Dr Pete Jones, one of our researchers, alongside Peek Vision took part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Forums in London on 17 and 18 April as part of a special Vision for the Commonwealth stand.

Showcasing the latest technologies to address poor vision and blindness, the stand was organised by vision campaigners Clearly.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting takes place every two years and provides a unique opportunity for leaders of the 53 Commonwealth nations to address shared global challenges. The meeting Forums provide a platform for wider debate of some of the key issues and challenges and are attended by hundreds of high-profile and influential individuals from across the Commonwealth.

Dr Peter Jones gave participants the opportunity to experience the world with vision loss using innovative virtual reality technology developed at here and at the City University Crabb Lab, with financial support from Moorfields Eye Charity. Additionally, the Clearly team were on hand to raise awareness of their mission to help the world see clearly. Peek team members provided live vision checks to delegates using the award-winning Peek Acuity app.

Dr Pete Jones said:

“It was such a privilege to showcase our work at such a high profile event. By using our simulators we were able to demonstrate the profound effects that avoidable sight-loss has on individuals, both in the UK and across the Commonwealth. We really enjoyed talking to people from so many backgrounds and professions, and it was great to see the enthusiasm for better eye-care provisions, particularly amongst members of the Commonwealth Youth Forum. Thanks to the organisers, and to our inspirational partners at Peek Vision and Clearly for making it all happen.”

Speakers at the Forums included Microsoft founder Bill Gates and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The event was also attended by Her Royal Highness Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.