High Tech Electronic Glasses May Allow Legally Blind to Experience Up to 20/20 Vision
The eSight 3, electronic glasses that aim to let the legally blind see, was launched this week. The glasses use high-tech image processing to provide individuals who are legally blind the opportunity to experience up to 20/20 vision.
“eSight 3 is a game-changer for the legally blind and low vision community," Brian Mech, PhD, President and CEO of eSight, said in a company news release. "With eSight 3, people who are visually impaired due to a variety of eye conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other diseases which compromise their sight will now have the opportunity to experience a dramatically improved quality of sight and life. To date, users of eSight’s prior generation hardware have reported a greater ability to independently engage in professional, academic, or personal activities that were previously out of reach. eSight 3 is a versatile, mobile, wearable and hands-free solution that provides sight without the need for surgery.”
eSight 3 – the company’s newest generation of hardware – gives users unprecedented control over magnification, contrast, brightness, focus and other features that are important for people with low vision. The electronic glasses contain a proprietary camera that projects adjusted video onto two OLED screens in front of the eyes, in real time. Unlike other assistive devices, eSight can be used while walking and while shifting between tasks and environments, without interruptions in the image that can cause dizziness or discomfort. Because no two people see alike (even with the same diagnosis), eSight ships from the factory with customized personal settings suitable for each user. As compared to the previous iteration, eSight 3 is dramatically smaller, lighter, better looking and more comfortable for users. Importantly, eSight 3includes Wi-Fi and HDMI capabilities to stream digital content or even send and receive pictures and videos.
According to the National Federation of the Blind, 24 percent of visually impaired Americans over age 21 do not have a high school diploma or GED and 60 percent of working age, legally blind or low vision Americans are unemployed.
Dr. Robert Devenyi of Toronto’s University Health Clinic believes eSight 3 can improve those odds.
“While there are currently no cures for diseases resulting in vision loss, it's literally life-changing to be able to offer this type of technology to people with low vision. eSight 3 not only provides them with dramatically improved sight but also the ability to stay connected to today’s latest technology," Dr. Devenyi said in a news release. "This is salient because it means that legally blind users no longer need to purchase specialized computer software or additional assistive technology to keep up in the classroom or in the workplace. eSight 3 really levels the playing field between blind users and their sighted peers.”
As part of its continued commitment to making sight more accessible for those who need it, eSight recently reduced the list price of eSight 3 from $15,000 to $9,995. The eSight Affordability Program helps interested consumers secure funding for eSight 3, including: discounts for clinical study participation to those who may qualify, low or no-interest payment plans, tax credits, government support programs, corporate job placements, philanthropic donations and a crowdsourcing fundraising platform.
eSight Eyewear received the FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility in 2016, and has provided the technology to people with low vision in all stages of life.
To learn more about eSight, visit esighteyewear.com.
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