New technology is helping people with vision impairments see
TOLEDO (13abc Action News) New technology is giving people with vision impairments a whole new outlook on life. It’s called eSight eyewear.
The digitalized glasses help some people with low cheap jerseys vision,see. The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio hosted demonstrations of the new glasses today.
The glasses are hands free, mobile and they’re customized to each person’s needs.
Jill Hofbauer has Stargardt’s Disease, a form of macular degeneration. http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ She was diagnosed at the age of 8, “Your central vision is for distance and detail and I don’t have that, so it’s like having a black hole in the middle of my vision. It’s truly like walking around with something in the middle of everything. It is hard to look around it, to figure out what is going on in my world. My peripheral vision is usable however”
Today, she put on a pair of eSight glasses and things came into focus. She was able to read a menu without having it up close to her face and she read the eye chart much further down than usual, “When I was doing the number charts and they showed me how far down the chart I got, I was amazed. Without the glasses I would have been taxed to see that information.”
Here’s how the glasses work. Hugh Montgomery is with the company,”We can add zoom, we can add contrast. It does auto focus so I am basically watching a video of my life when i use the glasses.”
Hugh also has a form of macular degeneration. A couple years ago he bought a pair of e sight glasses and now he works for the company. He says it’s a move that’s changed his life and a lot of others in a lot of ways.”We get a lot of teary moments. It is wonderful when people see their loved ones for the first time from ten feet away and they see their eyes and their expressions.”
The technology isn’t cheap. Each pair of glasses costs $15,000 and they are not covered by insurance But Hugh says people have come up with creative ways to buy a pair, “We’ve had some glasses purchased outright but others have used a GoFundMe page to raise the money. Some have done different fundraising events through their churches or community.”
Jill uses other technology to help with her daily life and she has a service dog named Lissa. The dog has been a big part of her life, “In addition to macular degeneration, I also don’t have any depth perception so when I get close to something like a curb, she’ll stop me to indicate there’s something there.”
Jill thinks these glasses could be another very valuable tool, “It would make a world of difference in my sense of independence.”
The glasses have been on the market for about 2 years. To date about 450 people are using the technology, they range in age from 7 all the way up to 93.