OXSIGHT Ambassador Dave talks about his journey with the Prism glasses and how it has helped him with his vision loss.
Low vision glasses specialist OXSIGHT has enabled Scottish war veteran to gain his independence again after losing his vision.
John Hutchinson, 90, started to go blind 10 years ago and came to rely on his guide dog Bracken.
In 2008 whilst travelling home from Africa, John noticed something wrong with his vision. On his return he visited an Optician. However, by this time, it was too late to rectify. He was suffering with retinal thrombosis. His diagnosis is a direct result of parasites infesting his bloodstream whilst serving with the United Nations.
OXSIGHT Prism glasses are designed to allow people with peripheral vision loss (caused by conditions such as Glaucoma, Diabetes, Retinitis Pigmentosa and other degenerative eye diseases) and other low vision conditions to get the most out of their remaining vision; and to feel confident making sense of their surroundings. Using intelligent image interpretation algorithms plus micro-OLED displays to bring images into the field-of-view for the user, the glasses are designed for comfortable wear. Users can see faces of family and friends when socialising, recognise objects, hazards, read signs, manage money, see colour and enjoy hobbies.
John’s involvement with the Royal British Legion Scotland led his funding to begin, after he mentioned he would ‘‘sell his medals to fund the glasses’’. The astonished Largs branch members proposed that they would donate money; and the rest was crowdfunded.
Chairman at the time Stuart Rumble, ensured that the crowdfunding was given plenty of exposure.
John’s story touched the hearts of the locals in his area and donations started to flood in. They had a huge help from the Largs Thistle football club, who held a charity football match of older fans and former players.
Ruth Gregory from the Royal British Legion Scotland, mentioned they were ‘‘overwhelmed and delighted’’ that their initial target had been exceeded; allowing John the full funding to purchase the OXSIGHT Prism glasses.
Here’s the moment he saw his friends for the first time in years.
We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Ansal University, India to set up a Low Vison Centre.
The Sushant OXSIGHT Low Vision Centre will be the referral hub in and around the Gurgaon and Delhi region for hospitals and independent eye clinics, demonstrating Low Vision Test Programs with an aim to test the suitability of patients for the OXSIGHT smart glasses.
The centre will also support academic communications and research programmes in the field of visual impairment. Subsequently promoting a sustainable ecosystem and benefit to thousands of individuals suffering from sight loss.
Rakesh Roshan, CEO, OXSIGHT Ltd said, “This collaboration will bring great benefit and new opportunity to the visually impaired community in India, we are looking forward to getting started with the centre-of-excellence located at Ansal University. The platform will act as a springboard and play a lead role in strengthening the desired innovation eco-system in the field on low vision’’.