With aging the impact on their eyes and vision has been a critical concern for many seniors. Technology advances have helped to lessen this impact. The Center for Lifelong Learning will present Kristi Linz of Weartec Corporation to discuss  “Beyond Glasses – Augmented & Virtual Reality Technology for the Visually Impaired Featuring NuEyes: Thursday, September 12th at 2:00 PM in Clubhouse 1. The program is free but residents are asked to register with E&R to assure adequate seating. 

Kristi Linz has been providing and educating on assistive technology since 2013. She is a referral source for eye care professionals throughout the Mid-Atlantic. She is the founder of a distributorship for next generation, portable low vision solutions for visually impaired individuals.  She graduated with a degree in Business Administration from North Virginia Community College and was licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician in Loudon County. Kristi volunteers with Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, where she assists visually impaired and blind adults in their daily activities such as reading mail, grocery shopping or running errands. Kristi was featured on News4's with Doreen Gentzler.

Kristi will be assisted by Hunter Yewman  who is a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. He has been a medical sales representative for the past four years.

The presentation: will include an overview of assistive technology available today, how assistive technology has evolved recently, and who is benefiting from this new technology and why. The technology that they will focus on and  will demonstrate is Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality head worn magnification.

NuEyes offers the future in a small, compact yet powerful head worn device, exclusively designed for individuals suffering from a low vision condition. NuEyes featuring ODG smart glasses, which finally makes it possible for those with Macular Degeneration, Stargardt's Disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, and other visual impairments to connect with loved ones and others without always having to use large clunky desktop machines. The NuEyes removable visual prosthetic helps the visually impaired see again, all while keeping their hands free.

The question and answer period following the presentation will be an opportunity for individuals to see how the new technology can be used for them.