Giving the gift of sight for Christmas

Fifteen-year-old Callum from Swindon was surprised by his father which a Christmas gift which will allow him to see more clearly than he has in years. Callum has a degenerative condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa which causes peripheral vision loss and means that he only has 7% vision in his left eye and 10% in his right. The OXSIGHT Crystal smart glasses will enhance Callum’s remaining sight and widen his field of vision so that he is able to see his family more clearly at Christmas.

As well as using them over Christmas, Callum is looking forward to using the glasses at school and at the cinema. He says, “I had no idea I was getting them. It’s going to be so useful to me, especially in history class looking at textbooks. I’m excited to start using them.”

Following an event run by Retina UK and Moorfields Eye Hospital, Callum first tried the Crystal smart glasses at OXSIGHT’s Oxford clinic. He immediately responded to them, and told his dad, “I can see all of your wrinkles now”. That’s when Callum’s father hatched his plan to purchase the glasses as a surprise Christmas present. He says, “it’ll be great for him to use them when we visit his grandparents at Christmas. My mother can’t believe the technology, and my step dad was just blown away.”

Then over the Christmas period, BBC Wiltshire radio invited Callum and his dad to their studio to find out more. Here is their interview from BBC Wiltshire’s Driving Home for Christmas show.

Source: BBC Wiltshire

Ambassador Insights: Shopping Trip to Buy Settees

woman with short hair with oxsight crystal glassesGuest post by Anna.

Anna has retinitis pigementosa and became an OXSIGHT Ambassador in December 2018. She is currently enjoying all the ways that OXSIGHT Crystal is enhancing her life. 

There had been plans to buy two settees for our sitting room for quite some while. Whenever we buy something new, there tends to be quite a bit of discussion so that we make the best choice to suit both of us. Buying two settees is a lot of money and, on top of this, the choice is important as we’ll be looking at the settees and sitting on them almost every day.

My husband was particularly concerned about comfort, far more so than me. He’s tall and our present settee leaves his head unsupported. He also wanted a settee that could recline. I, on the other hand, was more interested in something that would look reasonably stylish and appropriate in our “cottage-y” front room.

So, the two of us, plus my guide dog, hit the January sales. I was not very optimistic. I thought that the chance of finding anything that would meet all our needs was highly unlikely. The trip didn’t start off well. Everything that my husband found comfortable, I thought was unstylish and ugly. For some reason, all our local settee shops are bunched together which means that you can literally walk round about six of them without getting in the car. We had been round three without any success at all. I’d seen two that I’d liked, neither of which had tall enough backs or a recline function. My husband had seen numerous settees he’d liked, and had sat in one or two of them, enjoying the comfort of a high back and an electric recliner, looking at me pleadingly: I was beginning to feel a bit guilty.

Before putting on the glasses I found myself using my hands to feel the settees in order to get an idea of their shape. I spent a lot of time asking my husband what colour the settees were, and what the patterns were like. I also found some of the shops were rather dimly lit in places and could barely see where the furniture was, let alone what style or colour it was. When the light was good enough for me to see the settees, my pinhole vision meant that I could see just a very small part at any one time (about a saucer-size worth), so it was very difficult to get an idea of the overall shape. My husband was finding it hard to explain where the settees were: he either guided me directly to them, or took my hand and placed it on the part of the settee he was talking about. I couldn’t see any of the sales assistants very clearly, if at all. It was as if their voices were appearing from nowhere.

When I put on the glasses, I could see every piece of furniture, no matter how dimly lit the shop was, with ease. I could also see the whole of a settee at once, rather than a tiny bit of it. I could see the styles very easily and see the materials and colours well. I could also see when people were pointing at things and could interact more effectively.

At one point a sales assistant came over and asked if the glasses were Google Glasses. He was very interested in them. I was amazed that I could see him so clearly. I proved it to him by describing him – “I can see you have dark hair, glasses, and a beard”. He was completely taken aback that technology could enable a woman with a guide dog to describe him so accurately.

There were a lot of sales and, to really benefit, we needed to make our minds up quickly as many of them would soon be over. The glasses enabled me to make choices with considerably more ease than if I was feeling each piece of furniture, asking my husband to describe its shape and colour, and trying to interact with sales assistants whom I could barely see.

Overall, the glasses were invaluable on our trip. We bought two settees for a great price. They are comfortable, they recline with the assistance of a motor, have tall backs, and — as far as I’m concerned — look stylish. All three of us came home happy from an unusually pain-free and successful shopping trip.

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The Importance of Visual Impairment Awareness Training

Guest post by Daniel Williams, founder of Visualise Training and Consultancy. They work with organisations and businesses to increase awareness of the accessibility challenges faced by employees and or customers with disabilities. Daniel, himself, is registered blind and also a fully qualified rehabilitation assistant. More information can be found here.

Over two million people in the UK have a visual impairment, and employment opportunities for this huge cohort are still woefully inadequate.

For many people with disabilities however, finding employment that matches their skills and experience often does not mark the end of discriminatory employment practice, but the beginning.


Disability discrimination

Many people with visual impairments report feeling marginalised within the workplace, not only by managerial assumptions about their competencies, but also by the attitudes and behaviour of more immediate colleagues. They report uncomfortable working relationships and an unwillingness on the part of many of their peers to engage with them as equals, resulting in extreme workplace isolation for many.

Disability discrimination in the workplace is not generally malicious or premeditated. It is often the result of unconscious bias, a lack of information and education, and a fear of doing or saying the wrong thing, which often ironically causes far greater offence.  For example, “Did you watch TV last night” ‘Did you see that’? ‘Did you hear that’?


Benefits of inclusion

Disability awareness training is a great opportunity for your business/organisation to take the lead when it comes to these issues, and to ensure your organisation is as harmonious, collaborative and non-discriminatory as possible. This benefits employees/customers with disabilities, and has impact that will be felt at every level of your company or organisation.

Research increasingly demonstrates that when employees respect and share the values of an enlightened employer, job satisfaction and productivity increase, as does employee retention, whilst absenteeism decreases dramatically. Similarly, open and honest communication within a business and between colleagues is consistently shown to be one of the principal routes to increased productivity.

It is also evident that having confident and well trained staff that have undergone visual impairment awareness training puts customers with visual impairments at ease, making them more likely to return and spend money within the organisation. Research shows that people with disabilities have a spending power of 212 million, so why would you not want to retain these customers?


Diversity dividends

There are also many proven key benefits to retaining a diverse workforce — including people with disabilities — by ensuring they are valued and respected. Employees from minority groups, particularly those with disabilities, are massively underrepresented in the workforce, and their uniquely valuable perspectives often provide access to consumer markets that are often overlooked or poorly addressed.

Ultimately, becoming a disability confident workplace works in the self-interest of every organisation, making your company a more enlightened place to work, and helping to change attitudes and behaviour for the better. As more companies adopt these progressive policies, they slowly become the norm, radiating out through supply networks and business partnerships to the wider community.


Disability confidence in action

What does a disability confident workplace look like?

In essence, it is about creating a supportive, positive and inclusive environment for all workers. In a disability confident workplace, employees are informed about disability issues and are confident that their interactions with disabled colleagues will not cause offence, and as a result, staff with disabilities feel respected, included and treated with equality.


Learning awareness

How exactly is this confidence and harmony achieved?

Disability awareness training works by challenging attitudes amongst both those with and without a disability, increasing understanding of disability issues. Courses encourage employees to discuss their preconceptions of disability and their fears of interacting with people with disabilities.

Courses also provide a wealth of information on a range of disabilities, including acquired disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, learning disabilities and issues surrounding mental health. Often role play is also used to encourage people without disabilities to place themselves in the position of someone with a disability, and to encourage empathy and understanding of the experiences many people with disabilities face.

All of these strategies — education, information and empathy — are about closing the experience gap between employees with and without disabilities. At the same time, it is about removing barriers and embedding best practices so that everyone feels comfortable and empowered to be themselves within the workplace, and able to flourish and achieve their full potential. Because when your team is achieving their full potential, so is your business.


It might be that you work with an employee or customer who has sight loss but are unsure on how to guide them or avoid certain terminology as you think it might offend them.

For more information on visual impairment awareness training, please click here.

wayne with oxsight prism glasses

OXSIGHT Ambassador: Wayne

OXSIGHT were lucky enough to meet Wayne, when he came to our demo day at the Manx Society in the Isle of Man. Having lived with retinitis pigmentosa for a number of years, Wayne had originally noticed OXSIGHT on Facebook and in October, he became one of our Ambassadors.

Wayne managed to settle into the glasses really quickly and found them easy to use. “They are so straight forward to use, I’ve picked it up really easily,” said Wayne.

Helping him to watch TV, see the food on his plate and spot details in and around the house are just a few of the benefits that Wayne has enjoyed since incorporating OXSIGHT glasses into his daily life.

“Watched a film on the TV — a lot better than it used to be. Using the normal mode ups the brightness so it’s so much better and compared to without, it’s just so much better.”

Perhaps the area that has seen the most improvement is Wayne’s work life.

“They are more useful at work. They would really take it to a new level for me. I’m thinking about how I can use it in different environments.”

Nadine at the OxSight Ambassadors Social at St Pancras Hotel London

OXSIGHT Ambassador: Nadine

Nadine became an OXSIGHT ambassador on 12 August 2018 when she received her Prism glasses.

When she was 28, Nadine suffered from a brain haemorrhage and stroke which left her visually impaired and without the use of her left arm.

With the help of the glasses, Nadine’s peripheral vision has been enhanced and they have allowed her to see things that she had been missing out on since her stroke.

Nadine trying out her new OxSight Prism glasses

Nadine trying out her new OXSIGHT Prism glasses

“I can now watch the TV without missing half the screen. The glasses also help when I am playing board games with my nephew, again allowing me to enhance my vision,” said Nadine in a recent call with OXSIGHT. “I could see the game straight ahead with my normal vision, but with the glasses on I could see the left side of the game, and the colours of the counters were really lit up.”

Sometimes, she’ll take off the glasses for periods and then put them on again, just to appreciate the impact that they have on her vision.

Nadine using OxSight Prism at the theatre

Nadine using OXSIGHT Prism at the theatre

More recently, Nadine had a great evening out at the theatre. Previously, she would need to turn her head in order to take in all of the stage. However, with the help of Prism, she was able to experience the whole evening with a lot more ease and comfort.

“With the glasses, I was able to keep my head still. It felt weird as I’m so used to turning my head, but it was good facing straight ahead and facing the stage.”

OXSIGHT were also lucky enough to have Nadine attend our Ambassadors’ Social, where she was able to share her experiences with other OXSIGHT Ambassadors.

Nadine at the OxSight Ambassadors Social at St Pancras Hotel London

Nadine at the OXSIGHT Ambassadors Social at St Pancras Hotel London

oxsight ambassador david quigley with prism glasses on

OXSIGHT Prism: Dave’s Journey

OXSIGHT Ambassador Dave talks about his journey with the Prism glasses and how it has helped him with his vision loss.

war veteran emotional after being gifted oxsight prism glasses

OXSIGHT Prism Glasses help Scottish war veteran to gain visual independence again after 10 years

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.

patient tries on oxsight prism in india

OXSIGHT collaborates with Ansal University to create low vision centre

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.

OxSight and Ansal University Collaboration

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.

Prism user in India

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’’.

woman wearing oxsight prism glasses

OXSIGHT to sponsor the RP Fighting Blindness conference in London and information days in Birmingham, Leeds (and) Edinburgh

OXSIGHT to sponsor the RP Fighting Blindness conference in London

OXSIGHT is proud to be sponsoring the annual RP Fighting Blindness conference to be held in London and will also sponsor workshops at their regional information days in Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh.

The London conference will be held on Saturday 23rd of June 2018 at 1 America Square, 17 Crosswall, London, EC3N 2LB. This venue is conveniently situated close to London Fenchurch Street, Tower Hill and Tower Gateway stations. You can learn more about this venue on the 1 America Square website:

OXSIGHT’s Stephen Hicks will present on the main stage of the conference and there will be demonstrations of the recently launched, OXSIGHT Prism glasses.

More information and details of how to register can be found on the RP Fighting Blindness website (