Feature Writer Alena Roberts – eSight Eyewear: Bringing Sight to People with Low Vision

There are a number of devices that are designed for people with low vision, but none of them are specifically designed for the end user. Glasses can be a great benefit to some, but for others, glasses don’t end up enhancing the usable vision. After watching his two sisters lose their vision to Stargardt disease, Conrad Lewis decided to find a way for people with low vision to utilize the vision they had. What he created is called eSight Eyewear, a set of glasses that uses a camera and two LCD screens that project the image from the camera onto the eye.

One of the benefits of eSight is that it’s customized for the user. The company is training eye care professionals to work with the end user to make sure that the camera is going to be effective for the kind of vision the user has. The customization includes changing contrast, zoom, and color preferences. According to the FAQ, eSight is best suited for people who have, “Macular Degeneration, Stargardt Disease, Ocular Albinism, Diabetic Retinopathy, Leber’s Disease, Cone-Rod Dystrophy and other low vision conditions.” The device works best for those with an acuity of 20/40 and 20/400 with a field of more than 15%. This Youtube video highlights three people who are benefiting from eSight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CgxJ6SWSx0

If you feel like eSight may benefit you, there are a number of eye care clinics that can work with you. Most of them are in Canada, but the plan is to have trained professionals throughout North America. This page gives a list of all the clinics that are available at this time: http://www.esighteyewear.com/esight-eyewear

I think that this is a very exciting new device and my hope is that it will end up benefiting many people. I can even think of students that I work with now that would benefit from this technology.

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