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Posted on May 2, 2016 by  & 

Wearable allows people with vision loss to actually see

eSight is a patented, assistive-device that is wearable, handsfree, portable - and most importantly, eSight is a non-surgical device. eSight is currently registered with the United States FDA and Health Canada. To date, hundreds of people with vision loss have regained their vision thanks to eSight.
They include visually impaired individuals with many different eye conditions and injuries whose visual acuities have been dramatically improved (from a range of 20/200 to 20/1200 - to near 20/20). eSight has worked for people of ages ranging from 6 to 94 years and from many different walks of life.
eSight is to be the subject of a major new clinical trial in 2016 that includes the participation of:
The eSight device enables people with vision loss to actually see. eSight can work for people who have low vision, which includes those that are legally blind. This group represents the vast majority (86% to be exact) of the world's 300 million people who are considered visually impaired, or blind. Unfortunately, for the 14% of the world's blind population who are completely or profoundly blind, eSight will not work.
People who are legally blind have an acuity of 20/200 or poorer in their better eye. Low vision is another term often used, people who are low vision have an acuity of 20/70 or poorer in their better eye.
The eyes are very complex organs and there are many eye conditions that can cause legal blindness and low vision. No matter what the condition, people who are legally blind or low vision have serious loss of sight that prevents them from independently carrying out activities of daily living. eSight helps people with many different eye conditions regain their independence.
eSight's wearable, hands-free headset houses a small, high-speed camera that captures everything the eSight user is looking at. The captured live video stream is instantly sent to a powerful computer that uses proprietary software to process each pixel of video captured by the camera.
The enhanced video is sent back to the headset and displayed on two, powerful Organic-LED screens in front of the user's eyes. Typically, these full color video images can be clearly seen by the eSight user with unprecedented visual clarity - in essence breaking through most underlying eye conditions that cause their blindness.
All of this happens in real-time, with no discernible lag time for the eSight user. This is a crucial capability that lets the eSight user instantly switch from near vision (reading a document) - to midrange vision (looking up to see who just stepped into the room) - to long range vision (looking out the window to see if it is raining).
eSight users can easily adjust color, contrast, brightness and magnification (up to 14X) settings, and even take and store pictures.
eSight is designed to optimize the remaining central vision of the eye, all while leveraging a person's peripheral vision. To accomplish this, eSight engineers invented what is called "bioptic tilt", one of eSight's patented features. This allows the eyewear to be tilted up on the head. While titled, a user can use their peripheral vision for orientation and look into the eyewear for further detail or far away objects.
Source and top image: eSight
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