Augmented Reality: A Brighter Future for the Visually Impaired

Dr. Ashley Tuan, OD, PhD, FAAO, Steve Sinclair, Alice Turner, and Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino OD, FAAO discuss how AR can help improve the lives of the visually impaired.

Date: Jul 23, 2020 at 4:00pm (Now Available as an On Demand Webinar)


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Steve Sinclair, SVP of Product and Marketing, Mojo Vision

From the Handspring Treo to the Apple iPhone to Mojo Vision’s Mojo Lens, Steve has been on the leading edge of mobile technology his entire career.

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Dr. Kuang-mon (Ashley) Tuan, OD, PhD, FAAO, Vice President, Medical Devices, Mojo Vision

With 20 years of experience in Ophthalmic Medical Device innovations, eight patents, and two successful start-ups, her expertise includes R&D, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs, and Product Marketing.

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Alice McGrath Turner, Director of Community and Corporate Relations, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

An accomplished corporate professional, Alice is an advocate and user of tools and technologies used by Blind and Low-Vision individuals.

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Jeff Sonsino, OD, FAAO , Contact Lens Center at Optique

Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino is a partner in Optique, a high-end specialty contact lens and anterior segment practice in Nashville, Tennessee as well as co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Eyeris. For over 11 years, he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Eye Institute.

More than 4 million Americans over the age of 40 experience vision impairment—vision loss that can’t be corrected by treatment, surgery, or corrective lenses. Although there are a number of tools to help, these solutions are meant for use indoors and don’t improve people’s mobility and independence outside of the home. Many of these obtrusive tools also add to the social stigma of being visually impaired. Save for smartphone integration, most of these tools haven’t changed in decades.

The field of augmented reality (AR) provides some hope for those with vision impairment. AR can overlay simplified outlines and high-contrast images of one’s surroundings onto the external world. Although AR can be provided by mobile wearable devices, most of these are awkward to wear and draw unwanted attention. In the future, nearly invisible smart contact lenses will allow the wearer to regain mobility and confidence.

In this webinar we will cover:

  • Current statistics on vision impairment
  • Unexpected challenges for those with vision impairment
  • The difference between augmented reality (AR) & virtual reality (VR)
  • How AR can help individuals with vision impairment
  • What AR wearables look like today
  • The concept of Invisible Computing
  • How AR-enabled smart contact lenses can help people not only see better but assimilate into society

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