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Special glasses give 7-year-old girl the gift of sight

Payton Crum gets gift of sight
Payton Crum wears her new eSight electronic glasses during a music lesson. The 7-year-old is legally blind. (KTUL)

While a lot of children dream of becoming superheroes or princesses, a 7-year-old Muskogee girl was using her imagination to help her see.

Now, this little girl is seeing a whole new world.

Everyone who crosses paths with Payton Crum can see just how special she is. But what you and I take for granted every day is something Payton has only dreamed of: To see her reflection in the mirror, a bird outside of her window and the smiles she brings to others.

Payton was born with optical nerve hypoplasia and is legally blind. For most of her life, she has struggled to see what is right in front of her. In her left eye, 20 feet ahead looks more like 200 feet. In her right eye, it looks like 2,000 feet.

That's not the case anymore.

"Now that I have my electronic ones, they work really perfect on me seeing my book," Payton said.

Payton's friends, family and even complete strangers pulled together to give this little girl the gift of sight. They were able to purchase a pair of $10,000 electronic glasses called eSight.

How Does eSight Let The Legally Blind See?
eSight houses a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures everything the user is looking at. eSight’s algorithms enhance the video feed and display it on two, OLED screens in front of the user's eyes. Full color video images are clearly seen by the eSight user with unprecedented visual clarity and virtually no lag. With eSight’s patented Bioptic Tilt capability, users can adjust the device to the precise position that, for them, presents the best view of the video while maximizing side peripheral vision. This ensures a user’s balance and prevents nausea – common problems with other immersive technologies

A high definition camera fits on top of her glasses and displays everything in her view on two screens.

"When you turn it on, you see 'eSight,' and it gets bigger and bigger and it goes on the screen and you can see everything that is around you," Payton said. "I can just sit straight up and I can look at it and read the words (in a book)," Payton said.

Paige Mannon, Payton's mom, says the glasses allow them to go on adventures that they previously couldn't.

"Now that she has her glasses, we can go on all of the adventures we used to go on and she will be able to see those things that we share so many memories of seeing before," Mannon said. "But now, she will be able to see them clear."

Mannon says she just wants her daughter to be able to learn and play like every other kid.

"It breaks my heart her not seeing what we see," Mannon said. "You can't take anything for granted in life."

The glasses have opened up a whole new world for Payton, even if she is still getting used to them.

"I'm still learning these three buttons," Payton said. "I think they were awesome."

To learn more about eSight and how to fundraise, visit www.esighteyewear.com.

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