Jeff Regan was born with least resources and a less developed optic nerves and was compelled to spend most of his life in a blur. Almost four years back, he was given an unwieldy headset created by eSight, a Toronto based company. And then Regan was able to read newspapers to eat breakfast and react to his co-workers sitting on other side of the room. He could now attend plays and watch the activities going to stage without having to keep guessing why all people next to him were laughing out loud. Regan adds, “These glasses have made my life so much better.” He is a Canadian engineer who stayed in London, Ontario.
The headsets from eSight relayed images from a forward-facing camera over mini-sized internal screens, one of the camera for every single eye. These are placed in a manner that videos are beamed in the peripheral vision of wearer. It implies that people who suffer with restricted vision as well as legal blindness will be able to see things they can never see. It is so because multiple impairments bring down central vision making peripheral vision intact. Though eSight;s glasses will now help people with complete blindness, it would mean a lot to millions and millions people who suffer with impaired vision allowing them to lead a normal lives. But eSight still need to face a few small level challenges.
Out of these, the first one is to ensure safety of glasses that are being used for the wearers. Though these glasses do not need any approval from health regulators, these are in the same low risk category that includes dental floss. The team is yet to find an evidence for long term benefits of these glasses in a long run. These headsets are, for now, very costly with a hefty price tag of $10, 000 which is $5000 less than their predecessors, it is still a lot for those who do not have any high paying job or strong financial background.
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