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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Blind Mother Sees Baby For The First Time Through ‘eSight Glasses’

Blind people always wonder how do things look like?  What's more intriguing is the appearance of other people especially our loved ones. Imagine a mother who was blind since birth now can see her baby for the first time. In the case of Kathy Bleitz, who hails from Canada, she was able to see her baby for the first time using a new gadget called eSight.

Bleitz has a congenital degenerative disease that can cause progressive loss of vision. Some people reach a point of total blindness. However, in her case, she can see blurred shapes during the day but becomes worst at night, sometimes she can't see in the dark.

Stargardt disease, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, can start to damage the eyes during ages 6 to 20. However, visual impairment becomes worst as time passes by until ages 30 to 40.

When she got pregnant, she got worried that she might not be able to fully take care of her child due to limitations in her vision.

However, when she gave birth, she was given a new eSight headset, ZME Science reports. This innovative eSight is a new technology that can be worn as electronic glasses that can help those who are legally blind to see.

It can work for most legally blind people and now has been accredited safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to their website, eSight utilizes a new technology that enables blind people to see because it has a camera, display technology and advanced computing to deliver real time video.

Developers wrote on their website, "Our glasses are packed with sophisticated technology designed to support people with legal blindness. eSight is hands-free, mobile, and multi-use, which means that users can move seamlessly between activities, including those that would otherwise be inaccessible due to low-vision."

The device is a breakthrough in medicine and science because it offers a great promise for people who are blind. The price of each pair of glasses is around $15,000 but the developers have launched a fundraising system to help blind people acquire a pair of eSight glasses.
Source: Youth Health , 1st Feb 2015 

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