Wearable Electronic Visual Enhancement Systems (w-EVES)
Recently a post on OD’s on Facebook asked about a wearable electronic visual enhancement system (w-EVES) from Canada called e-sight.
The device is a wearable pair of glasses with a video camera that displays the video feed onto two OLED screens in front of a person’s eyes allowing a low vision user to see near, intermediate and distance.
The glasses are connected to a control unit allowing the low vision patient to control the focus, magnification (up to 24x), contrast, color and brightness to their liking.
The device has been featured on several daytime talk shows and many youtube videos as well as popping up on GoFundMe pages due to its expensive cost.
While all the hype of e-sights functions (minus the cost) seem great in a cool appearing futuristic looking device, many good questions were brought up on ODs on Facebook, and thank you, Dr. Joe Deering, for bringing them up.
- How does this compare to the more traditional optical devices that are already out there?
- Is it cost prohibitive? (recently a newer version was introduced and the price was reduced from $15,000 to $9,995)
- Are low vision docs prescribing or recommending it?
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