Vision, Aging, Eyeglasses, and a Multimedia Classroom
As a college professor interacting with students in a multimedia classroom, it was frustrating when I reached a certain age and my eyes started to change. An interactive multimedia classroom creates a wide variety of visual situations and my glasses were simply no longer accommodating my vision requirements.
My interactive classroom incorporates visual components of an overhead projector, interactive whiteboards, student computers, student laptops (including tablets and phones). This creates a wide variety of viewing angles and distances, all of which change from moment to moment. Interaction involves working with students and not simply standing or sitting at the front of the classroom. Traditional vision solutions such as bifocals or reading glasses simply did not have the versatility to accommodate the flexibility required.
Rather than switch between various pairs of glasses, such as dedicated lecture glasses, dedicated reading glasses, and dedicated bi-focals or tri-focals. I sought a vision solution that would provide the flexibility to seamlessly view all of the different viewing angles and viewing distances. The solution was a pair of custom glasses.
Anyone who has first started wearing bi-focals or tri-focals can attest to the “learning curve” associated with learning how to use the glasses. You quickly learn which “region” of the individual lens’ that you need to “look through” to view the object that you wish to see. These custom glasses were no different. However, my optometrist took the time to view my classroom routine, view how I interact with students individually and in small groups, and view how I interact with the various multimedia content being generated in the classroom (including instructor content, third-party content, and student generated content). Through these observations, five standard viewing regions (or behaviors) were identified.
None of this would have been possible if it were not for the support of Stanton’s Optical. Stanton Optical’s coporate donations support innovation and charitable causes that provide improvements to society and culture. Stanton designs and manufactures their own frames and lenses. It is their customization and design expertise that allows unique solutions. Their employees are empowered to find the solutions that customers need and want.