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Blind mother see her newborn baby for first time

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With the help of new eSight glasses, a legally blind mum has been given
the gift of super-vision to see her newborn baby for the first time. 

Canadian woman, Kathy Bleitz, has been living with Stargardt disease,
an inherited degenerative disease of the retina that leads to
progressive vision loss, often to the point of legal blindness. While
Bleitz still has vision, all she can see is fuzzy, wavy shapes, that are
even harder to see in dim light. Even something as simple as a person’s
expression has been impossible for her to make out.
But Bleitz
has gained access to a new eSight headset, which is worn mounted onto
perception lens frames just above or in front of the eyes. Inside the
headset is a high-definition camera, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens, and a range of other technologies designed to capture and display a real-time video feed to the user.
As James Maynard explains at Tech Times,
users are able to adjust the contrast, colour, and brightness of the
video feed, just like you would on a television screen. It also allows
users to zoom in on things with 14 times the magnification of natural
vision, just like their own personal set of binoculars.
According to the developers, “Interestingly,
eSight’s many unique features – such as 14-times zoom, image contrast
enhancement, reverse colour display, etc. – enable eSight users to
actually see many things that normally-sighted people cannot see.”

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While the device does not work for those who are completely blind, it can help the approximately 95 percent
of legally blind individuals who have some vision remaining. Right now,
a pair of eSight glasses will set you back $15,000, but the developers
have set up financing schemes to help people acquire a pair. Tech Times reports
that so far 140 people around North America are using them, and the
company is now working on making them more compact and less obtrusive.
Watching
Bleitz use hers to see her newborn baby for the first time – the first
baby she’s ever seen, in fact – shows why even such a high cost of
purchase is worth it. Below you can see American airforce veteran, Mark
Cornell, see for the first time in 20 years.
“You’re pretty!” he remarks to what must be a family member off-screen
before he starts to tear up. We can’t wait till every person living with
a visual impairment can have access to something like this.

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