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Charity to use high-tech glasses to help people see again
The partnership aims to help those with sight disabilities to see again using digitally-enhanced glasses.
Deafblind UK has linked up with a tech firm that produces glasses specially designed to help people with visual impairments to see.
The partnership involves the charity working closely with Oxsight, which has developed glasses using digital technology that expand the field of vision for those with peripheral sight loss caused by conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, retinitis pigmentosa, and other degenerative eye diseases.
Through the link up Oxsight is to hold monthly clinics at Deafblind UK’s headquarters in Peterborough. In addition, for every pair of glasses sold as a result of the clinic Oxsight will make a donation to the charity.
The clinics take place from October 2019 to March 2020.
Steve Conway, Chief Executive Officer of Deafblind UK said: “This is a fantastic example of a charity and a technology company coming together with a mutual interest to support people who are deafblind.
“The success stories that we have heard so far are incredible; people who haven’t seen their partner or children for years can suddenly see the world around them again. This really is life changing technology and I am proud to be a part of it.”
He added: “Losing your sight can be devastating but even more so when your hearing is also impaired, and you are unable to rely on audio communications.”
Rammy Arafa from Oxsight UK Sales Manager Rammy Arafa said: “I am delighted to be able to work so closely with Deafblind UK. They work so hard to support people with sight and hearing loss and our product will complement their existing service offering.
“If, by working together, we can help some of Deafblind UK’s members to see again then it’s a worthwhile venture.”
This is the latest tech innovation to support those with hearing and visual impairments.
The National Theatre was among the winners at this year’s AbilityNet Tech4Good awards for its smart caption glasses to help those with hearing loss enjoy performances.
In addition, nine-year-old Mihika Sharma was honoured at the same award ceremony for inventing the Smart Stick, which helps blind and deaf people walk alone through an alert system using GPS and Bluetooth.