The eye wear technology company, eSight, has launched the third generation of its hands-free glasses that provide instant sight and mobility for those with impaired vision.
According to Jeff Fenton, director of outreach and communications for the company, the eSight 3 model delivers a sleeker, smaller and more affordable option.
“The technology is a real advancement or game changer for those living with vision loss,” Fenton said in an interview with Primary Care Optometry News.
The electronic glasses feature a high-speed, high resolution camera to capture what a user is looking at in real time, according to the company website. The computer then instantly processes the video and displays it on two organic LED screens in front of the user’s eyes in full color with no delay.
Fenton said the range of 20/50 to 20/800 is where eSight has “significant efficacy” for users, with one patient who is 20/2,400 wearing it successfully.
The wear is also customizable, as users can adjust its positioning for optimal viewing while maximizing outer peripheral vision. ESight users can also take photos and stream video and games using eSight’s wi-fi, Bluetooth and HDMI capabilities.
Fenton said the product helps wearers return to work and school, live more independently and increase productivity.
“We are excited about the vast majority who can access and use this technology with really positive benefits,” he said.
The youngest user is only 4 years and the eldest is 97 years, he noted. Successful wearers include those with Stargardt’s disease, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, ocular albinism and retinitis pigmentosa.
The product is available in 30 countries and has been clinically validated, Fenton added.
“Moving forward we are thinking about wearability and the entire experience,” he said. “To help those legally blind see in a similar fashion as those who are full-sighted remains our top priority. Like any innovative organization, and given the cause and the size of this epidemic, we won’t rest.”
The results of a study detailing the improvements to visual acuity will be published in the next few months, Fenton said. – by Abigail Sutton
Editor's Note: The visual acuity range has been corrected courtesy of eSight.