LAKE JACKSON — NuEyes, which developed a device that has changed the lives of many people with visual impairments, will have representatives in Lake Jackson for free screenings Saturday to determine whether the product will help them.
Ron Martin, district administrator for Brazosport Breakfast Lions Club, found the augmented reality glasses produced by NuEyes for his father-in-law, Robert Rae, who is visually impaired.
Robert Rae’s vision had deteriorated to the point he deleted many things on his computer because he couldn’t see them, said his son, Jeff Rae.
People would come home and his father-in-law would be upset because he had to ask someone to put deleted items back on his screen, Martin said. Robert Rae also had problems watching TV and would have to ask who was on the screen and what they were doing.
“So now he wears them,” Jeff Rae said. “He can see everything, and he says it’s like being in the theater.”
Robert Rae wears the glasses for about eight hours a day, and Martin and Jeff Rae haven’t had to fix his computer since he received the device.
The augmented-reality glasses are free for veterans through the Veterans Administration and have been approved by the federal government, Martin said.
The device can magnify images up to 18 times while providing the user a 101-degree field of view. It features two buttons on the right side to control the glasses and has variable magnification for different daily tasks, according to the manufacturer. The glasses also provide different contrasts the user can choose from, depending on the eye condition, a NuEyes fact sheet states.
The device works well for people with macular degeneration or low vision, and is WiFi- and Bluetooth-capable, with an optical character reader that can read the text a person is looking at, NuEyes said. TV and movies can also be streamed to the device.
With a four-hour battery life, a recharge rate of 30 minutes and the ability to plug in an external battery, people can use it all day, NuEyes distributor Philip Monroe said.
Lions of Brazoria County will provide a free screening of the device at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Jackson Civic Center Grand Ballroom, 333 Highway 332 E. The event is open to the public and Lions can vision screen children starting at 6 months old.
There is a $500 discount for people who either attend the event or go through the Lions Club to purchase the device.
Members of the club will also be screening kids and anyone who walks through the door with other eyeglasses they have, so people can bring their children and have their vision screened for school, Martin said.
Monroe, keynote speaker for the event, also will help people learn how to use the device. He first came across NuEyes after searching for help for his visually impaired daughter.
“It is life-changing,” Monroe said. “Think about if you take your hand and put it (6 inches) in front of your nose, and that’s as far as you can see. With these glasses on, all of a sudden you can see across a room. You can see who you’re having dinner with … You can read. You can watch television, instead of just listening to it.”