Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are eSight Glasses?
eSight are wearable electronic glasses that allow the legally blind to actually see.
2. Sounds amazing – is eSight new?
Yes, eSight is a new patented breakthrough technology. It is the only innovation of its type, anywhere in the world, that allows the legally blind to actually see.
3. Is eSight FDA-approved?
eSight Corporation is a registered manufacturer with both FDA and Health Canada.
4. Does eSight really work?
It really does.
Click here to see our video library featuring eSight users who explain how eSight has changed their lives by restoring their sight. Click here to learn about how eSight works.
5. What can the legally blind see with eSight?
eSight allows people that are legally blind to see most things that normally sighted people see, such as:
- People’s faces, from up close and afar
- Newspapers, books, menus, signs, and other reading material, from any distance
- Computers and other work-related tools
- TV, movies, and other entertainment
- Concerts, plays and other live events
- And so much more
- eSight can autofocus on short, medium and long-range objects.
Interestingly, eSight’s many unique features—such as 14-times zoom, image contrast enhancement, reverse color display, etc.—enable eSight users to actually see many things that normally-sighted people cannot see.
6. Can eSight be worn by the legally blind while they are mobile?
Absolutely. eSight is also totally mobile, which means users can experience all kinds of activities:
- Going for walks
- Participating in sports
- Computers and other work-related tools
- Reading signs and other navigational markers
- Watching outdoor events
- Use of public transportation, including air travel
- eSight enables many more activities than we could list including, in some jurisdictions in the near future, even driving.
7. Does eSight work for all blind people
eSight works for most people that are legally blind (also known as having low-vision). eSight does not work for people who are totally or profoundly blind, as there needs to be some vision, however slight, that eSight can electronically enhance.
8. What eye conditions does eSight currently address?
The most common causes of vision loss among current eSight users include:
- Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Stargardt’s Disease
- Ocular Albinism
- Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy
- Cone-Rod Dystrophy
- Some forms of Glaucoma, Retinitis Pigmentosa
9. How do people who are legally blind react when they first try on eSight?
People who are legally blind (also referred to as low-vision by the medical community) try-on eSight for the first time, they typically have one of three reactions:
“Wow”: Approximately one-third of the people will see things for the first time in a long time (or ever). They will immediately see faces of loved ones, be able to read books, watch TV, and walk without the assistance of their canes or Seeing Eye dogs. It is an extremely amazing and emotional experience. Click here for a short video of what one of our users calls “the wow factor.”
“It works”: Another third of the people will show significant improvement in vision tests but will be overwhelmed with what they see and for how long they can initially wear eSight. With training and practice, these people will quickly be successful in regaining their sight.
“I’m not sure”: Finally, a third of people will struggle to use eSight. They may have complicating physical limitations or other medical factors. They will likely be slow to adjust. Our extensive training program often helps some of these individuals make great gains
10. How does eSight work?
eSight uses a sophisticated high-speed camera, patented video processing software, a computer processor and the highest quality video OLED screens to project a real-time image that allow the legally blind to actually see.
Click here to see a video on how eSight works.
While most legally blind individuals retain some very limited eye sight, often concentrated in their peripheral vision, their eyes do not receive an adequate signal for the brain to recognize what is being seen. This phenomena creates blind spots, blurriness, inability to detect contrast, and other symptoms that reduce vision. eSight eliminates or significantly corrects these impediments.
The result is that people with low-vision that use eSight describe their symptoms falling away, revealing a world they otherwise aren’t able to see.
11. What do ophthalmologists and optometrists think of eSight?
eSight is a very recent innovation so many Ophthalmologists and Optometrists have not heard about it.
Some Ophthalmologists and Optometrists, when asked about eSight, might initially respond negatively, doubting that eSight would actually work for their patients.
However, when these clinicians have taken the time to learn about eSight, they have embraced this new breakthrough. They have seen the profound improvements their patients have made using eSight Glasses—often improving from extremely low-vision to near 20:20 sight.
Click here to watch a video about how one eSight user demonstrated to his doubting Optometrist that eSight actually works.
12. Is there clinical data to support the use of eSight?
A clinical study conducted in partnership with a number of Ophthalmologists and the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) is in the process of being finalized. Once complete, the full results will be published. Initial results clearly demonstrates that eSight users achieve very significant improvements using eSight.
For the legally blind, the only study that matters is whether eSight works for them and their particular condition. And the only way to know, is to try eSight for themselves.
13. How much does eSight cost and what can I do if I cannot afford the cost?
The original cost of eSight was $15,000. eSight 3 is now $9,995
eSight fully recognizes that many of the legally blind cannot afford to pay this price and will do all it can with sponsors and funding organizations to ensure that anyone who needs eSight will get the glasses regardless of their ability to pay..
14. How can eSight help me get the glasses if I cannot afford them?
eSight will use every method possible to get our glasses to people that can benefit from using them. We are committed to ensuring people with low-vision have access to our tools to enhance their vision and their quality of life.
To date, we have had some success in connecting our users with funding including insurance reimbursements, government programs, employer disability programs, corporate sponsorship’s, service club donations, charitable foundation contributions, crowdsourcing, and other fundraising efforts to raise the money to pay for eSight.
We will do all we can to make eSight accessible for the low vision population it was built to help, regardless of their ability to pay.
15. Why does eSight cost so much?
eSight Glasses are made of extremely sophisticated and expensive component parts. Many millions of dollars have been spent in research and development. Many millions more will be spent on further research and development.
While eSight can be considered expensive by some at $15,000, many consider such a price reasonable in that it actually delivers the gift-of-sight.
16. Does eSight have any competitors?
No other vision aid offers the same gift-of-sight as eSight.
Many people who are legally blind use a variety of visual aids such as white canes, magnifying glasses, CCTVs and electronic text-to-speech reading aids. None of these devices deliver the actual sight eSight does. Others obtain beautiful Seeing Eye dogs, which are magnificently trained at a cost of approximately twice that of eSight, but also do not deliver the actual gift-of-sight that eSight delivers.
Much research is being conducted into surgical methods, estimated to cost approximately $150,000 per operation. The improvement in sight that results from such a surgical procedure, if successful, is a fraction of the sight that eSight provides at approximately one tenth the cost – and without the risk of surgery.
17. What features will be added to eSight in the future?
Like all technology, eSight will become smaller, more feature-rich, and less expensive as the years go by. eSight currently does not charge for software upgrades. New features are currently offered free of charge to existing eSight users.
18. How can I help the legally blind who cannot afford the cost of eSight?
If you would like to help provide someone with the eSight gift-of-sight, please contact us to find out what you can do to help.
Please consider getting involved. What can be more rewarding than helping someone who is legally blind to immediately obtain the eSight gift-of-sight?