Like any new mom, Kathy Beitz had countless worries about giving birth, among them was how she would see her newborn’s first moments of life.
Legally blind since childhood, Beitz was desperate to find a way to see her infant son on the day he was born, the Huffington Post reports. Thankfully, her sister Yvonne Felix, who is also blind, found a solution.
Felix reached out to eSight, a company that produces glasses that allow low-vision individuals to see, for help. The company loaned out a set of their $15,000 glasses for Beitz and her baby’s big day.
“For the first baby that I get to actually look at being my own is very overwhelming,” Beitz said of the moment. “Even to look at my husband – looking at him was such a good feeling. I got to fall in love with him.”
After going through the birth of her own children without sight, Felix was focused on making sure her sister didn’t experience same thing.
“Kathy got to see what my struggles were and the things that I missed out on and the things that were hard for me as a parent,” Felix said. “Something like being able to see your baby when it s born – I didn’t get that experience. When I first tried the glasses, I had a 6-year-old and a 2-month-old, so I still never had those first few moments.”
But Felix doesn’t want to stop there. She recently started #MakeBlindnessHistory, a fundraising project dedicated to helping legally blind people raise money for eSight glasses.
This invention works by combining a camera, LED displays and personal vision controls to bring what can barely be seen into amazing focus. Because eSight glasses require some vision, however slight, the device does not work for those who are completely blind, but it is a near miracle for those with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, Stargardt’s disease, glaucoma and other ailments that affect one’s vision.
“When we finish raising money for Kathy’s eSight, we will raise money for another blind individual’s eSight,” Felix explained on her project’s website. “Then another, and another, and another. We won’t stop until every blind person who wants to see, gets eSight.”