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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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Bryan Wolynski
Co-Associate Editor, Retina & Low Vision for odsonfb.com. Bryan Wolynski is a 2000 graduate of NECO and completed a residency in Primary Care at NOVA. Bryan has been in the eye care field for over 25 years and currently maintains a practice in New York City where he provides primary eye care and low vision evaluations. Bryan consults on mobile eye care for the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program and on Low Vision for the Miami Lighthouse and OrCam Technologies. He has presented cases at SECO, AAO and has spoken at AOA. He has provided CE lectures to Optometrists, Opticians and to the Association of School Nurses. Bryan has also spoken to the Florida State Senate and the Department of Health for children’s eye care advocacy and mobile eye care. He has also spoken on the topic of low vision at many low vision conferences throughout the country as well as internationally including the United Nations. Bryan is a Fellow of the AAO, a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, The Optometric Society, and the AOA.

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