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Blind Woman, Baby Bond Thanks to Special Eyewear That Gives Her Sight

By    |   Friday, 23 Jan 2015 09:43 AM

A blind woman was able to see her newborn baby for the first time recently with help from the eSight Corporation, a company that makes a pair of special glasses meant to help people with visual impairments.

Kathy Beitz, a 29-year-old from Ontario, Canada, has been legally blind since she was a child and suffers from a condition that causes macular degeneration. But thanks to eSight, Beitz was able to see her son Askel right after he was born, CBC News reported Thursday.

"The moment I got the glasses, I was very ready to put them on," Beitz told CBC News. "I got to see that he had my husband's feet and toes, and I got to see that he had my lips. My husband and I got to have the family experience of looking at our brand new baby, and bonding with him and falling in love with him."

The device, which is equipped with a video camera, is worn like pair of glasses over the nose. It captures images that are then projected back to the wearer on a small, high-definition screen in front of the eyes. The user can then adjust for contrast, brightness, and shadows.

"We're then able to enhance it in certain ways that make an image that someone who is legally blind is better able to see," Taylor West, a spokesperson for eSight, told CTV News.

The glasses, though, come at a price — $15,000. The news agency said 140 people in North America currently have a pair. Beitz, though, said the cost meant nothing as long as it gives her the chance to see her baby.

"When I got to see his smile — it does, it does feel amazing," she told CTV News. "And I get to be a part of his smiles and giggles."

Beitz's sister, Yvonne Felix, works for eSight and is helping her sister fundraise for the glasses.

"I’ve been working towards fundraising for the eyewear so that she (wouldn't have to) go without seeing her first born's face, and miss out on that experience," Felix told CBC News.



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