eSight wants to help 50 million people living with vision loss see by 2020

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Toronto-based eSight has launched a pledge to help the 50 million people worldwide living with vision loss and blindness by 2020 through a new campaign.

The company’s Make Blindness History campaign is looking to work with organizations, schools, medical professionals, community organizations, and public officials to provide its technology to the legally blind. eSight is also facilitating fundraising campaigns to help legally blind individuals obtain its glasses.

“More than a quarter of a billion people on this planet lack the incredibly precious gift of sight,” stated Jeffrey Fenton, eSight’s director of outreach and communications. “Their experiences – in the classroom, in the workplace, in the home – are significantly and unfairly limited. Every once in a while, a new technology is introduced that changes absolutely everything. eSight is an example of that. Now that eSight exists, an overwhelming majority of the legally blind community has the chance to actually see. They can work for a living, proudly pay taxes, study to their fullest potential in the classroom, and they can perform and experience nearly every activity of daily life as their sighted peers do. The time has come for us to Make Blindness History, in our schools, in our workplaces, and in virtually every corner of our society, where those living with vision loss need our help.”

eSight launched the third iteration of its smart glasses in February 2017, allowing the legally blind or those living with low vision to see with 20/20 vision.

“Words cannot express how much this technology has changed my career. I can get around my office with complete independence, see the detailed expressions on my coworkers’ faces, and use any computer, software and smartphone with ease,” said Scott Reese, a legally blind customer service professional. “eSight does so much more than just improve my vision; it gives me incredible mobility in my job, and helps me be a more productive and satisfied employee.”

Full details of the campaign are available here.

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