What a Sight! Special Glasses Help Mother See Baby for 1st Time

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TORONTO, Ontario (CBC)-

A woman is able to see her young baby for the first time, well, she's able to see any baby for the first time, thanks to special glasses.

Kathy Beitz, 29, started losing her ability to see in the first grade, She has Stargardt Disease, a genetic condition causing macular degeneration. As her condition worsened, a blind spot now takes up most of her field of vision.

Kathy Beitz wearing her eSight glasses and holding her new son. Courtesy: CBC
Kathy Beitz wearing her eSight glasses and holding her new son.
Courtesy: CBC

With the help of a pair of eSight glasses, she can now she her newborn son, Aksel.

“I remember his little mouth and his gums and his itsy-bitsy tongue when he would cry,” she recalled. “I would have had to imagine what he looked like and I’m used to doing that, but it’s a little bit heartbreaking having to do that for your own baby.”

Beitz uses the glasses for everything from reading important food labels, to reading bedtime stories.

The glasses have been on the market for about a year. According to eSight, they work by capturing an image and a video, then enhancing it for people with low vision.

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