Kathy Beitz, 29, is legally blind, but the joy of motherhood has increased for her tenfold because she can now see her newborn son for the very first time. Not only is this the first time she has seen her baby, it is also the first time she has ever seen any baby.
Kathy lost her eyesight in childhood—she was only 11 years old—but the technology of eSight glasses has given her the chance to see her child, and the face of her husband.
In a video that quickly went viral, she tenderly holds her son—gasping in awe as she examines his various tiny features, finally able to look at him with her own eyes.
“For the first baby that I get to actually look at being my own is very overwhelming,” she said.
The glasses cost about $15,000—and are not covered by insurance—but demonstrate a huge advance in technology. It is a non-invasive alternative to risky surgical implants.
Kathy received her pair through eSight’s fundraising program. She told ABC News that the glasses have made it easier for her to care for her son, run errands, and perform other tasks that would otherwise be impossible for her to do on her own.
The eSight glasses are large, high-tech goggles that allow legally blind people to regain some of their vision. It only works for people who have low vision, meaning it wont work for those with complete vision loss, but the technology has the ability to offer independence to those who can no longer travel or take care of themselves without guided assistance.