Legally blind girl gets the gift of sight thanks to wearable technology

17-year-old Cheyenne Field from Toronto is the latest legally blind person who can now see thanks to high tech eSight electronic glasses.

The Toronto Sun reports that Cheyenne was overwhelmed with emotion when she used the glasses to see Casa Loma, the city’s most famous castle, clearly for the first time this week.

How does this magic happen?

The eSight glasses uses a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures everything the wearer is looking at. The eSight algorithms then enhance the video feed and display it on two, OLED screens in front of the user’s eyes.

She received her life-changing surprise at a ceremony outside the castle, which she had visited in Grade 3 — a visit that stayed with her because of the castle’s reputation for ghosts.

“It looks amazing,” she said, looking up. “Whoa. Oh my God. There’s the gargoyles.”

Cheyenne was born with a condition known as optic nerve hypoplasia.

Cheyenne’s grandmother, who was part of the family surrounding Cheyenne at the occasion, spelled out what this means for the family: “Seventeen years and now she can see exactly what we look like. She’s been back and forth from Sick Kids (hospital) since day one. (I’m) just so happy. I just want to cry but happy tears.”

eSight is based in Toronto and has been recognized by TIME as one of the best tech of 2017 so far.

The magic of community outreach – giving the gift of sight

Cheyenne, who could previously see only up to six feet away, according to the report, first tried on a pair of eSight electronic glasses (priced at about $12,500) two years ago and started a GoFundMe page but only reached $600.

Peterbourgh Homes, which has built over 3,000 houses in 25 communities over the last 40 years became aware of the teenager’s story via eSight’s social media campaign and stepped in to provide most of the outstanding money needed.

“We just thought it was an incredible opportunity to just give someone the gift of sight,” said Justin Cogan, the company’s senior vice-president.

Cheynne is only one of many people who have been gifted the gift of sight with the eSight glasses.

Love at second sight

This is the apt title of eSight’s video made for legally blind, Andrew Airey. The company recreated his wedding to Kelli 15 years ago so that he could see his own wedding for the first time. Airey began losing his vision when he was a teenager and was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a rare illness that causes vision loss. By the time of his wedding day, he was unable to see his bride’s face.

Don’t you just love this positive side of tech?


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