Electronic glasses for the partially blind


Have you ever wondered as to how nice it would be for a partially blind person to actually see? Well, eSight is the answer to that! The electronic glasses, called eSight combines multiple components that can be adjusted by the user to enhance the quality of an image reaching the eye. The headset, which is mounted on lens frames, houses a high-definition camera which feeds real-time video footage onto organic light-emitting diode screens placed directly in front of the user’s eyes. A separate handheld device allows the user to adjust and magnify the image so that they can gain the best possible picture of the world around them. eSight’s many unique feature include14-times zoom, image contrast enhancement and reverse colour display. eSight enables users to actually see many things that normally-sighted people cannot see!

Screenshot of Kathy Bleitz using eSight (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9crPvfcEy4)
Screenshot of Kathy Bleitz using eSight (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9crPvfcEy4)

The woman in the picture above and in the video is Kathy Bleitz, who has been blind since the age of 11. She suffers from a condition called Stargardt disease, which is an inherited degenerative disease that causes a significant reduction in central vision, but peripheral vision is usually retained. The progressive loss of vision is due to the death of light-sensitive photoreceptor cells in the central portion of the retina. Although Bleitz is not completely blind, she has a blind spot in the center of her vision, hence she can see objects and faces as hazy, undefined shapes. While there are currently no treatments to help individuals with Stargardt disease regain their vision, this new invention can help visually impaired people see more cleary.

It is quite expensive as it costs about USD 15,000. However, it is considerably cheaper than some of the surgical options available. It is definitely bulky, but the company is hoping to develop the product further and eventually produce a less obstructive model of eSight.

To read more on eSight, click on the link: http://www.esighteyewear.com/how-it-works

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