Kathy Beitz, a legally blind mother, has seen her son for the very first time with the help of eSight Glasses.
In the United States, legal blindness is defined as having a visual acuity of 20/200, or worse, in a person's best eye even with corrective lenses. A vision of 20/200 means that a legally blind person 20 feet away from an eye chart can see what a normal person can see from a distance of 200 feet.
Beitz has been legally blind since early childhood, but when her son was born, she wanted to see him.
eSight Corporation, the developer of the eSight Glasses, loaned Beitz their vision gadget for a day to help the mother see her son for the first time.
The company says that the innovative glasses incorporates a new patented technology that allows legally blind people to actually see.
The company explains that the eSight Glasses combine camera, advanced computing and display technology for delivering real-time video that makes sight possible for people with vision problems. People who wear the glasses also have the option to zoom, alter or enhance the image that they are seeing to meet their personal requirements.
"eSight's components work in tandem with the user to enhance the quality of an image reaching the eye, delivering more data and triggering an increased reaction from the cells in the eye," stated eSight.
Beitz was overwhelmed to see her newborn son and husband with the help of the groundbreaking eSight technology. She described the viewing experience in a short YouTube video.
"For the first baby that I get to actually look at being my own is very overwhelming," said Beitz in the clip. "Even to look at my husband looking at him was such a good feeling. I got to fall in love with him."
Both Beitz and her older sister are suffering from the Stargardt disease, which is a genetic eye disorder that causes progressive vision loss usually to the point of legal blindness.
The eSight Glasses helped Beitz to catch a glimpse of her son for a while. The gadget, however, has a steep price tag of $15,000, which makes it difficult for most of the legally blind people to own one. Only about 140 visually impaired people own the eSight Glasses.
Check out Beitz's first viewing experience of her newborn son.