My Journey WITH eSight – Part One

I was about to title this Part Four, but it is no longer my Journey to eSight!

I was hoping to receive my eSight glasses by June 2nd. But last Wednesday, I received an email from eSight that my glasses had shipped, They arrived Thursday evening. So the new journey has begun

The box had everything in it, including the very cool case in which eSight can ride around. It contained a quick start guide on how to wear the device. So i followed the instructions, attached the already received prescription frames, pressed the power  button, and the future began.

eSight says that it will take about three months for me to get truly trained on how to best use eSight, but in the first few days, it was incredible!  I was in Wildwood, and was able to see the ocean from the boardwalk. I could read signs, see faces, and more. Once I got comfortable letting my peripheral vision look at the OLED screens I was set.

Returning to school on Tuesday, I tried it a bit in class. I am not ready yet to wear eSight for a full class.. This is where I learned to adjust the contrast. After writing a synthetic division problem on the board, I walked to the back of the room to see if I could see it. I adjusted the contrast, and the nunbers were crystal clear.

On Tuesday evening, I had a Skype session with Tyler from eSight. He went over the entire device, especially the controls and all of the settings.  He also guided me through the process of installing a larger forehead band. Tomorrow I will be assigned my eSight Ambassador, who will be my trainer and my contact.  eSight doesn’t just sell you the device they really want you to be able to use it to truly see.

Here is a quick selfie of my looking like Geordie.

 

 

 

There is so much to learn, but this is so much fun! Between the high quality images, the contrast and zoom, I am truly seeing like I haven’t in 4 decades. It is a miracle. Thank you eSight, and thanks to all of you who made this possible. Much more to come!

Peace.

I welcome comments and questions. Thanks for stopping by.

My Journey to eSight – Part 3

Yesterday was a huge day in my campaign to raise funds for eSight. From the first donation, I was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by so many friends and friends of friends. I was primarily posting my page on Facebook, and occasionally twitter. So many of my Facebook friends shared the post to encourage their friends to give what they could.

As of Friday afternoon, I was at 53% of my goal and was hopeful that i could have eSight by sometime in the summer. Earlier in the week, I was asked to help out a local company that I knew well. They wish to not be mentioned. They said they were moving to Mac and wanted my help. I said sure. I arrived at the company and they took me to the conference room. They offered me a seat in front of a laptop and I said. “that’s not a Mac.” They said they knew and that the Macs were being brought in soon.

The CEO entered and mentioned that they were having difficulty connecting to the big screen TV. Then he started talking to me about a new mission and vision for his company. It was well stated and I even talked about some mission and vision ideas with him. A lively and fun conversation.

Then he asked one of the other people in the room to give me her laptop and for me to take a look. She said, “can you see the screen?” I tried and then she zoomed in. I could see, but had to look four or five times. I knew what it said, but I couldn’t believe my eyes! This is what I saw:

The goal was reached by a nearly $5000 contribution!!! Goal met! Needless to say, I was overwhelmed. Tears, gratitude, and relief were what I was experiencing.

Without the support of everyone who contributed, I would not have reached this milestone. I am grateful to all of you. In particular, I wish to thank Marisa, my Mom, and my daughters Joey and Holly for being there for me all of the time and for giving me encouragement, love, and support.

When I first tried eSight on March 31, I wanted to take it home with me. It is a miracle piece of technology. But I never thought this would happen so quickly!

So, what’s next? eSight will start to make my eSight glasses on Monday. I will speak with them on Monday morning. I am going with black glasses. It will take about 4 weeks to make them,. I am hoping to be using eSight on my birthday, which is June the 2nd.

I will keep updating here regarding progress. This technology is changing lives for the better. I will keep sharing eSight news. If you know anyone who is visually impaired, encourage them to check out eSight.

Thanks for stopping by. I welcome your comments and questions.

Peace, and God’s Blessings to you all!

My Journey to eSight Part 2

My campaign to raise the funds so that i can get eSight glasses is moving along well. These glasses represent a true miracle for me. Since I was 15, I never believed that I would ever truly see, and now that is possible and going to happen!

eSight’s mission is “Everyone Deserves To See”, and they truly follow that mission. They have been very helpful to me. And a quick search for eSight on Google News shows stories of people who now can see thanks to this life-changing technology.

Here is another video from my first eSight experience on March 31st 2017. This is an “in the moment” video.

It was so strange to walk through the hotel lobby and see as I haven’t in so long. I truly think that my brain wasn’t ready! It was an overwhelming experience.

As of this writing, I am at 41% of my goal in less than 2 weeks. That is due to the tremendous support of those who have donated so far. Like so many people I know, I don’t have $9995 available. eSight knows that most people don’t/ And they hope to make this miracle even more affordable in the future. As Of now, insurance dose not cover this, and it should. So fundraising is the way!

You can learn more about eSight here. 

And here is the link to my support page.  Thanks for any donation that you can give, big or small, they all help!

Thanks for reading. I welcome your comments.

My Journey To eSight – Part 1

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease when I was 15. (a long time ago) Stargardt’s is an inherited retina disorder that takes away central vision, leaving peripheral vision. There is no cure. I don’t drive, can’t easily recognize faces, need magnification to read, , use text to speech on my Mac and iPhone, and use hand-held telescopes to see things at a distance.

I have been blessed in so many ways.  When I was young, my family encouraged me to believe in what I could do, not what I couldn’t. I have had so many rides from kind friends and families. Life is good. But now it is about to get even better!

On March 31st, Marisa and I met my daughters and my Mom at the Homewood Suites in Philadelphia to meet with a rep from a company called eSight.  This incredible company has created a pair of glasses that enable people like me to see.

Brandon from eSight was great. He explained how the glasses worked and then had me read some numbers on a chart with my regular glasses. As usual, I could only see the big ones! Then came the transformative moment. He put the eSight glasses on me, showed me some basic control functions and them…I could see!

I now know that eSight will change my life forever. It is, however, and expensive device, and understandably so. Insurance does not cover it, even though it is the only treatment for what i have.  The cost is $9995.00.  Since most people don’t have that much cash available, eSight has a platform for us to raise the money with no fees. Every cent raised goes to my glasses. Once the money is raised, it will take about 4 weeks to make my glasses. (mine will be black) I am hoping to have them by the summer to have the time to get used to them so that when the school year starts in September, I will be ready.

Many of my friends have already generously supported me. As of this post, I am at 28% of the goal. I am so grateful for the support that I have received and for the support that I will receive.  Hoping to be Jordy soon!

So, if you can, please donate to my campaign to get my eSight and see again!  Here is a link to my page on eSight.

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EduCon 2.9 – Day 1

EduCon started today at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.  It always starts with attendees  visiting the school while in session on the Friday of the weekend.

I took the train into the city today and walked from Suburban Station to the school.   The highlight of the day is a student led tour of the school including classroom visits.   It is a regular school day, with hundreds of teachers descending on the classrooms to see how SLA  does what they do.

Everyone is very welcoming.  The students and teachers will answer any question you have.  You can tell that this is not just a school, it is a community.

So I took some photos and am going to post them here.   I will be posting each day about my experience and the conversations that I will be attending.

Our student tour guide was excellent.   Here are some photos of the Engineering Lab:

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And here are some Algebra classes:

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It was a great day at SLA.  I am looking forward to tomorrow!