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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is eSight?

eSight is an exciting new breakthrough - electronic glasses that let people with vision loss actually see!

eSight is the only patented, assistive-device of its kind anywhere in the world.  eSight is wearable, hands-free, portable and comfortable. Most importantly, eSight requires no surgery. eSight is registered with the United States FDA.  eSight Corporation is inspected by Health Canada.

2. Does eSight really work?

It certainly does. To date, many hundreds of people with vision loss can now see thanks to eSight.

They include visually impaired individuals:

Regardless of what people do with their newly-restored vision, each eSight user has had their lives dramatically changed by being able to see - some for the first time in their lives, others after many years of blindness.

3. Has eSight recently been in the news?

eSight has certainly caught the imagination of millions of people around the world on mainstream media and on the Internet including:

Be forewarned, you are likely to have a tear in your eye or a lump in your throat as you watch these emotional and inspirational stories of people seeing for the first time thanks to eSight.

4. What does eSight allow people to do?

eSight enables people with vision loss to actually see. What they do with their newly restored sight is up to them. This includes virtually all the activities of independent daily living, including:

eSight does so much more than restore sight. eSight restores a person's independence, confidence, self esteem and freedom. eSight changes the person’s life.

5. How do people find out if eSight works for them?

The only way to know for sure if eSight works for a visually-impaired person is to request a free consultation. In that consultation, a person simply tries on the eSight glasses in order to ascertain if eSight restores their sight. It's that simple.

6. For what eye conditions does eSight restore vision?

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.

eSight works for people suffering from many different eye conditions including:

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Stargardt’s Disease
  • Ocular albinism
  • Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
  • Optic Atrophy
  • Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy
  • Cone-Rod Dystrophy
  • Nystagmus
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Some forms of glaucoma
  • Some forms of retinitis pigmentosa (RP)

On average, eSight restores sight for three out of every four people with low vision who try it out. This equates to a worldwide low vision population of approximately 200 million people who could have their vision restored with eSight.

7. How does eSight work?

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 visual impairment.

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.

8. Is there any clinical data to support eSight’s efficacy?

Individuals with vision loss simply wear eSight like they would any other pair of glasses. Since eSight does not require surgery and does not need to go in the body, it is categorized as a Class One device by the FDA and Health Canada. Accordingly, eSight does not have a regulatory requirement for any clinical trials.

Nonetheless, eSight recognizes that some organizations, clinicians, or experts feel more comfortable if clinical trials are conducted.

eSight has already been the subject of an initial study overseen by CNIB which demonstrated that eSight offers a statistically significant improvement in visual acuity and contrast sensitivity for users.

eSight is the subject of a major new clinical trial, expected to be published towards the end of 2016, that includes the participation of many of North America's leading institutions for the study of eye disease including:

This study is expected to further validate the ways in which eSight can substantially improve the quality of life and independent activities of daily living for individuals with a visual impairment.

While these studies provide important credibility and prestige to eSight, the only way to know if eSight works for any visually-impaired individual is to request a free consultation.

9. Are there other assistive devices that are alternatives to eSight?

Although there are numerous assistive devices that are designed to help people with vision loss, none of them allow people with vision loss to actually see the way eSight does.

There are also many single-use assistive devices that exist on the market. These devices include white canes, magnifying glasses, telescopes, text-to-speech software readers, large CCTVs that magnify written documents or books onto a large screen that enables a visually impaired person to read a few words or letters at a time, braille machines, and many more. The advantage to these devices is that they cost less than eSight. The disadvantage is that they provide very limited, single-use assistive utility. None of these devices can provide a visually impaired person with actual sight the way eSight can.

10. How much does eSight cost?

eSight costs $15,000 in US dollars – a very reasonable price to pay in order to actually restore a person's sight, and when compared to the cost of blindness.

11. What happens if a person who needs eSight cannot afford to pay for it?

If any visually impaired person cannot afford to pay for eSight, we will help them raise the money to pay for it.

We believe that the day will come in the future when people with vision loss will not have to pay out of their own pocket to restore their vision with eSight. Until that day comes, we will continue to organize individual fundraising campaigns to ensure, to the best of our ability, that those who need eSight, get eSight - regardless of their ability to pay. It all starts by requesting a free consultation.

12. If I am sighted, why should I care about eSight?

Great question. The unfortunate answer is that you or someone you care about has a significant chance of becoming visually impaired at some point in their life. Most people already know someone who is visually impaired.

It’s not easy being visually impaired. People with vision loss:

Some eye conditions take years to rob you of your sight. Other rare conditions can literally strike overnight as can eye trauma from accidents. The worldwide epidemic of diabetes alone, causes hundreds of thousands of new cases of blindness each and every year.

Sighted people should not take their gift of sight for granted. If you are lucky enough to be sighted, get your eyes checked regularly. And perhaps consider helping a person with vision loss see with eSight.

13. If I am sighted, what I can do to help?

Help us get the eSight message out to friends and colleagues.

We all know that word-of-mouth is the best way to let the world know of an amazing new innovation like eSight. In this interconnected world, you might know of people who might be able to help us with our mission.

Here are some examples of people you can help us reach:

Two, consider making a modest donation to help visually impaired people who cannot afford eSight.

We have a large waiting list of individuals who need eSight but cannot afford to pay for it. Many of these individuals launch online crowdsourcing campaigns, hold fundraising events, and approach family, friends and their community for donations. We do our best to help with these activities.

We also receive donations – from $5 to $1,000, and every amount in between. These donations add up quickly and have resulted in many visually impaired individuals being able to regain their sight with eSight.

Some such donations are sent to us directly. Some donations are made through online crowdsourcing campaigns. In every case, 100% of what is donated goes to pay for a person’s eSight. We can also direct you to registered foundations who can process your donation and issue tax receipts in the United States and Canada. Just contact us to learn more about this.

We have also had generous business people, high-net-worth individuals and religious groups donate the full cost of eSight for one or more visually impaired person(s). These amazing acts of generosity have made a life-altering impact for the grateful recipients – and the donor as well. Please contact us if this interests you.

Three, if you are sighted, please do not take your precious gift for granted – get your eyes checked regularly.

14. What is the history of eSight?

eSight was founded by Conrad Lewis, a successful Canadian engineer who felt there was a dire need for a device such as eSight for his two visually impaired sisters and for millions of other people with vision loss all over the world.

eSight’s mission has motivated many experienced and respected angel and high-net-worth investors to invest over $30 million in order to make eSight a reality. This has allowed eSight to attract a highly talented and motivated team of board members, clinical advisors, engineers, outreach and support staff as well as supporters from all around the world.