TORONTO, Ontario — A special set of glasses has allowed a blind woman to see her newborn son for the first time ever.
Kathy Beitz started her losing her sight in grade school. The 29-year-old woman from Toronto has Stargardt disease, a genetic condition that causes macular degeneration, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
Simply speaking, a blind spot takes up most of her field of vision.
“If I were looking at a person, their head and shoulders, that area, I don’t see any of that,” Beitz told the CBC.
That is until, the young mother put on a pair of eSight glasses, and was able to see her newborn son Aksel.
“I remember his little mouth and his gums and his itsy bitsy tongue when he would cry,” she said. “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.”
At home with her son, Beitz uses the glasses to care for Aksel, read important labels and even bedtime stories.
“I would basically be going in completely blind and not knowing the product I’m using on my child,” she said.
The glasses were developed by an Ottawa-based company, according to CBC. They've been on the market for about a year and cost about $15,000.
“What we do is capture an image and a video and present it in real-time with certain enhancements for people with low vision,” eSight spokeswoman Taylor West told the network. “This makes the eye perceive more than they would otherwise be able to.”