A Charlotte man, declared legally blind 14 years ago, just saw his wife and kids for the first time yesterday thanks to a new breakthrough technology called ‘E-sight’.
32-Year-Old David Stephenson was declared legally blind when he was 18 years old. He notes on his GoFundMe page that he was born with a rare genetic eye disease called Retinitis pigmentosa, which has caused the loss of most of his sight. He didn’t think he’d ever see again in any meaningful way, until he discovered a new device called ‘E-sight’.
“I went to a private demo with my sister and was overwhelmed with joy when I was able to see her face clearly and even read half of the letters on the 20/20 line of the eye chart. I would love to translate this experience to the rest of my life and be able to see my son’s face, my step-daughters’ Winter Guard competitions, and even something small like being able to read a book or my own menu at a restaurant.”
He commented that he didn’t want to ask for handouts, but felt he had no choice when regaining sight was so close. “The price of these E-sight glasses are $10,000. I have received partial assistance for this product through a private organization and have a remaining balance of $6,800. That makes for an expensive pair of glasses–a pair I unfortunately can not afford. I am not one to ask for handouts, but how can I not when the possibility of normal eyesight is right here within reach?”
According to eSight’s website, the goggles are “worn like a normal pair of glasses. It houses a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures everything you are looking at, and then displays it on two near-to-eye displays. Advanced, medically-validated algorithms optimize and enhance the footage so that your eyes can truly see it, and in real-time.”
After receiving the goggles in the mail, his wife posted this update;
Yesterday David put on his own customized eSight goggles and he was finally able to see his wife and children with 20/20 vision for the very first time!
Way to go Charlotte – thanks for being awesome!