“High-Tech Glasses Help The Legally Blind See” Michael Liedtke, Daily News, 24 February 2017

“Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.”

Imagine going to the movies and not being able to know see the movie or going to the work everyday and not knowing the face of your co-workers, unfortunate right? This was the life of Regan, 48, a Canadian engineer who lives in London, Ontario. Who was born with immature optic nerves, can now see his colleagues, and go to the movies being fully aware of his surroundings. The Canadian established company ‘eSight’ owned by Brian Mech, has innovated a headset helps the legally blind and persons with partial vision impediment, as images are conveyed from a forward facing camera to internal screens for the eyes respectively. Since usually when an individual has visual impairments, his or her peripheral vision is left largely unscathed, which is what the headset targets to provide vision for such an individual. However, the innovation does not benefit people with complete blindness. In addition, the eSight organization needs to affirm the maximum competence and complete safety of their innovation. The headset was clearly not invented for just anybody, as it is awfully pricey, estimate of $10,000. Moreover, insurers won’t refuND the expenses, as they believe the glasses to be an “assistive” innovation comparable to hearing aids. However, the CEO believes otherwise following the forthcoming features. “ESight believes that about 200 million people worldwide with visual acuity of 20/70 to 20/1200 could be potential candidates for its glasses.” With the $32 million investment into the new glasses to look like the eyeshade the blind “Star Trek” character Geordi La Forge, acted by LeVar Burton. Yvonne Felix, who has now become a true believer after using the innovation, and being able to see her child and husband after a long while. According to Samuel Markowitz, a University of Toronto professor of ophthalmology, one of the researchers from five universities and the Center for Retina and Macular Disease the innovation the most versatile option for the legally blind currently available.

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“High-Tech Glasses Help The Legally Blind See” Michael Liedtke, Daily News, 24 February 2017


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