Vision Aids:  Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

Together, Tech-enhanced Life and the Longevity Explorer community are researching different products that can compensate for imperfect vision in various ways.

Below you can hear our discussions, and share what we are learning.



Hear what Older Adults Think: Vision Aids

Koolertron Video Magnifier Evaluated: Passavant

Members of the Passavant Circle can appreciate the challenges faced by those living with low vision as many of their friends, family members and neighbors are living with macular degeneration and other age related eye diseases.  For this reason we decided to evaluate a portable video magnifier.



Explorers Learn to Read in the Dark with Smartphone Apps

Explorer Shelley wants to live an active life, but is embarrassed when in a dimly lit club or restaurant and can't read the menu.



Eye Reader @ SequoiasSF

The Longevity Explorers at the Sequoias San Francisco are introduced to the Eye Reader iPhone app for ease of reading small or dimly lit print.



Eye Reader App Discussed and Compared

Explorer Larry reports on his Eye Reader iPhone app, describing how it turns on the phone's LED light and magnifies print or other subject matter (such as finding a splinter in his finger) using the phone's camera.



After cataract surgery, want help reading

Following a recent cataract surgery, Explorer Chuck describes how his distance vision is clear enough that the DMV allows him to drive without glasses, but his near vision is now too blurry for reading. He wants a solution.



Explorer Harlean likes this Ruby HD magnifier

Explorer Harlean shows the group her Ruby HD handheld video magnifier, which she bought after finding that low power glass magnifiers were not sufficient to overcome her vision impairment, and which she likes.



Popular App: reading fine print or in dark places

Explorers at SF Village liked the look of this App to help read when it is dark or the front is small.



Hi-Tech Cane for the Visually Impaired

Do It Yourself technologists trying to invent a better white cane. It may not be ready for prime time, but it points the way of things to come.



Magnifiers - Then and Now

Explorer Steve demonstrates an 'oldie-but-goodie' for people who need help reading small print.



Demonstrating a Magnifier Reader App

Explorer Chuck demonstrates an app on his Android smartphone for magnifying small type, and it activates the 'flashlight' feature for easy reading under low light conditions.



Flexible Readers are Everyday Favorites

Explorer Louise shares one of her favorite everyday gadgets: Reading glasses with flexible frames. Because of their affordability, she has multiple pairs and can avoid having to clip a pair around her neck to keep track of them.



Illuminated reading glasses help when it is dark

One of our circle members brought along some illuminated reading glasses and gave us a demo. For situations like reading a menu in a dark corner of a restaurant. They looked elegant and seemed functional.



Eye Reader: Apps for Seniors Circle Part 2, 12/10/14

The Longevity Collective @ Sequoias SF discussed "Apps" for Seniors at its last meeting. In Part 2 of this discussion, John Milford introduces the circle to an App that helps you read in low light conditions, and when you left your glasses behind. It's called...



Vision Interview: Chuck S

This interview about "Vision" is part of our ongoing "Topic Interview" series. Listen to this structured interview on this topic from the EVC Discussion Circle.



Better lighting important for older adults

Good lighting is vital in areas where older adults live or spend time. Hear this topic discussed further by members of this Longevity Collective Circle.



Glare makes driving at night hard

Two of our circle members find driving at night a challenge due to issues relating to being able to see well. One talks about the challenges of glare. The other has a different issue to discuss, still relating to vision and night driving. There is some discussion of possible "solutions".



About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Vision Aids is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Vision Aids, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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