VR technology helps patients cope with pain

Health professionals are finding that virtual reality (VR) technology is an effective alternative to pain medicine and aids in anxiety management for patients. One patient with Crohn’s Disease had difficulty getting an IV, so he was immersed in a peaceful environment with VR that showed him Yellowstone National Park. This helped him calm down and allowed the nurse to find a vein more easily. Another patient had anxiety about her decision to give birth without an epidural, but after using VR at the recommendation of her doctor, her anxiety subsided, and she was thankful for its distraction from the pain.


What could VR look like in 2045?

With the release of Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Ready Player One” — set in the year 2045 where most people spend a majority of their time in a worldwide virtual reality (VR) online game — many people wonder what will VR really look like in the future, and where are we now? VR headsets on the market today show us the fully immersive experiences portrayed in Ready Player One are not far-fetched at all, and Consumer Technology Association research projects that AR/VR eyewear will grow by 25 percent in 2018.