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Patient Support Program Offers eSight and Other Assistive Devices to Low-Vision Patients


That's what twelve-year-old Emmit Glover had to say about his first experience with the latest eSight electronic glasses at the John A. Moran Eye Center.

Emmit is an excellent student and an accomplished gymnast who's competed nationally in the AAU Junior Olympic Games despite the challenges of ocular albinism, an inherited eye condition that blurs his vision and makes it tough to focus on anything beyond six-inches from his face. He uses an iPad with magnification and always sits at the front of the class at school, but looking back and forth at the smart boards on both sides of the room is difficult.

As it turns out, Emmit is a perfect candidate for eSight. Kasey.jpg

How Awesome Is It?

A revolutionary high-tech device, eSight lets low-vision or legally blind people actually see with the help of a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures everything they're looking at and displays it on two high-contrast OLED screens right in front of their eyes. It can instantly auto-focus between close-up and long-range vision. The wearer can also make adjustments, and Emmit caught on right away. He was ecstatic about being able to read at a normal distance and to see his mom across the room.

Moran's Patient Support team, including Life Skills Clinic Manager Kasey Mitchell, coordinated a trial run of the device for several patients on the same day Emmit and his family tried it.

"Most assistive devices either do one or the other magnify or function as a telescope," Mitchell explained. "This one has controls for all of that, along with contrast and other cool features. It's definitely not for everyone, but when it's a good fit, it can be a complete game-changer."

Evaluations Available

"Anyone with low vision can get a full evaluation and test a variety of assistive devices including eSight that make optimal use of remaining vision," said Lisa Ord, PhD, director of Moran's Patient Support Program. "Vision Rehabilitation Occupational Therapy Evaluations Evaluations are paid by most insurance plans with a doctor's referral."

For more information or to schedule an evaluation and sample assistive devices, please call 801-585-2213.