The Iris Monitor

Our patent-pending, research backed E-paper secondary monitor reduces the negative health repercussions of using LCD screens for individuals recovering from a concussion.

Our assistive technology consists of a 13.3 inch secondary computer monitor that is designed to be used concurrently or as a substitute to an LCD screen. The monitor uses E-paper technology, refreshing only when the content of the screen changes. The screen is also not backlit and simply reflects ambient light. Our monitor thereby reduces the number and severity of concussion symptoms triggered while using a computer by removing the screen’s backlight as well as its bright, flashing pixels. This allows users to reintroduce daily tasks and increase their level of productivity. Overcoming the obstacle of computer intolerance means users can reconnect with the world and return to work or school much sooner. This technology may also benefit chronic migraine sufferers as well as individuals who suffer from eyestrain caused by long-term computer use.


“The Iris Monitor has been favorably used by Yale students after they had been concussed. Our students found it to be very helpful to use during their concussion recovery as a return to learn tool. Specifically, the students found that reading was much easier to do for longer periods of time as compared to reading off of traditional monitors.”

-Yale University

"After suffering a concussion, I was unable to tolerate traditional screen time for even a short period. Any use of a traditional computer screen immediately aggravated my symptoms (primarily headaches), which would last at least the rest of the day. Given the importance of a computer to my job, it meant that I was unable to work for extended periods. The Iris Monitor was instrumental in me being able to reintroduce screen time and increase my work hours back to full-time. I have no doubt that this device facilitated my successful return to work full-time and would not hesitate to recommend this device to anybody who is unable to tolerate a traditional computer screen as a result of a concussion."

-Government of Ontario

“Bloorview School is co-located in a Children’s Treatment Centre and provides individualized educational programs for children and youth who are receiving ongoing therapeutic and medical care. Some of our students can experience symptoms brought on by screen use, such as migraines, dizziness and vision difficulty. Computers are an integral component of curriculum delivery and some students have experienced difficulty accessing academic resources. Since using the Iris Monitor, students report they have found a decrease in symptoms brought on by screen use. They strongly agree that the Iris Monitor is an important academic support tool. We have now integrated the Iris Monitor as part of our assistive technology library to enable and enhance student achievement.”

-Bloorview School Authority

“As Manager of the Queen’s sick leave benefit and the accommodation program, I am consistently looking for new and innovative technology to ensure I am able to keep employees engaged in the workplace. Assistive technology on the market related to eyestrain is limited and the costs associated with medical absences related to concussions, migraines and musculoskeletal disorders continues to rise partly due to the large amount of computer usage required by the typical job at Queen’s. I see the Iris Monitor as a valuable resource to assist employees in staying more connected to the workplace and reducing our operational costs associated with prolonged absences.”

-Sydney Downing | Queen’s University Human Resources

“In the past four years I've suffered two concussions, both severe enough to keep me off work for several months. Each time computer use has been particularly difficult, giving me headaches and nausea if I looked at the screen for more than a few minutes. After my second concussion my doctor recommended Iris Technologies and put me in touch with Conor. The team has been great - within a few days they hand delivered the monitor to me at my home and set it up. The timing was perfect as I started my gradual return to work the next day. The Iris Monitor is much easier for me to use then a regular screen. My eyes and brain don't fatigue as quickly and I find it soothing to look at. Using the Iris Monitor helped me gradually increase my screen time with fewer headaches than using a normal monitor.  I plan to continue to use the the Iris Monitor throughout my recovery and after.”

-Erin Heximer

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