Our mission at imvi

Improving People’s Lives by Training Functional Vision & Reading

10% of the popu­la­tion can’t learn how to read due to a fun­c­tio­nal vision problem called ver­gence insuf­fi­ci­ency, causing people to expe­ri­ence double vision, fatigue, and con­cent­ra­tion issues reading.

Impro­ved ver­gence is essen­tial to free up brain capa­city to enable people with, e.g., dyslexia and ADHD, to read better. But up to 50% of the popu­la­tion could sig­ni­fi­cantly improve their reading per­for­mance with brain-eye coor­di­na­tion trai­ning.

Ver­gence is the simul­ta­ne­ous move­ment of both eyes in oppo­site direc­tions to obtain or main­tain a single binocu­lar vision. Ver­gence insuf­fi­ci­ency is not an eye problem. Instead, it ́s the brain that needs the trai­ning to coor­di­nate the eyes better.

We founded imvi to provide ver­gence trai­ning using up-dated and easy-to-use tools. With our method, you can train on your mobile phone whe­re­ver you are, whe­ne­ver you want to.

Background

Watching a person in the family strugg­ling with reading ini­ti­a­ted the inte­rest in ver­gence insuf­fi­ci­ency for imvi founder Michael Mal­mqvist. After trying several types of glasses and trai­ning methods, he found that the effects were only tem­po­rary or absent.

So, Michael started inve­sti­ga­ting and ana­ly­sed the root causes of reading dif­ficul­ties, iden­ti­fy­ing the problem as a ver­gence eye-motor problem. However, apart from inva­sive surgery, there was only the Push-up trai­ning method to improve ver­gence issues. Push-up was deve­lo­ped in the US around 1950–60 and is a doctor moni­to­red, manual trai­ning for ver­gence insuf­fi­ci­ency. It con­si­sts of using two pencils and swit­ching focus from one pen to the other every 2 seconds for 30 minutes daily for six months.

Michael wanted to have faster results, decon­struct it from doctor’s appoint­ments and make it inde­pen­dent of the manual pro­ce­dure. In addi­tion, make the trai­ning more acces­sible and enter­tai­ning! So, he decided to create a new trai­ning method. He pre­sen­ted an initial pro­to­type to Karo­linska Insti­tu­tet, Ber­na­dotte depart­ment, at the St. Erik’s Eye Clinic in Stock­holm. The pre­sen­ta­tion recei­ved a very posi­tive response and became the start of a long col­la­bo­ra­tion.

After the initial pro­to­type, we created the first product gene­ra­tion: a com­pu­ter equip­ped with a 3D screen and a DVD. The users trained their ver­gence by watching the 3D screen while following the pictu­res from the DVD three times per week for 12 weeks. The studies showed that after 12 weeks, all the users impro­ved their ver­gence fun­c­tion.

We are now taking the next step to make the trai­ning even more acces­sible, leaving the com­pu­ters behind and intro­du­cing mobile tech­no­logy, inde­pen­dent of plat­form, toget­her with a pair of VR glasses.

Our goal with the App is to offer more acces­sible, effective, and effi­ci­ent trai­ning to all persons that could benefit from an impro­ved ver­gence fun­c­tion, that is, 50% of the world’s popu­la­tion. And our focus is set on the 10–20% of persons affec­ted by severe reading pro­blems, e.g. dyslexia, where our trai­ning can make a dra­ma­tic dif­fe­rence.

Imvi is all about Improving People’s Lives by Training Functional Vision & Reading. With this mission we have a clear link to and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our primary con­tri­bu­tion is to enable people to read, write and cal­cu­late better, by trai­ning their ver­gence, i.e., eye-coor­di­na­tion. Up to 27% of people in the age 7–15 years suffer from ver­gence pro­blems.

With our trai­ning we help enable eve­ry­one to read better, have more energy, better con­cent­ra­tion, less hea­daches etc., which also leads to strengthened self-image and incre­a­sed self-esteem.

With better reading and writing skills, we enable young people to study and appro­ach the labor market, both for interns­hips and per­ma­nent jobs.

Are you the next member of the imvi team?

We are always inte­res­ted in new people who can con­tri­bute to imvi’s deve­lop­ment. Get in touch and tell us about your­self!

Do you have any questions?

The imvi team

Michael Mal­mqvist
Chief inno­va­tion officer
Peter Carls­son
CEO
Rune Braut­a­set
Senior Advisor, Opto­metry