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New technology is helping this Texas college student see clearly for the first time

New technology is helping this college student see clearly for the first time


Nick Flores, who is legally blind, said sight is a gift.

"It's like waking up and one day just being in a different world," Flores said.

A simple walk through a college campus in Texas never looked so spectacular for this 23-year-old student.

"I'm very thankful," Flores said. "A lot of emotions going on inside and just being able to actually see the color and the detail. Small details of like the fountain, the leaves and the grass. I mean just the little things. I pretty much see the world kind of like in a blur."

But, with cutting edge technology called eSight, faith and his best friend, Nick has a new outlook on life.

"eSight has just opened up a whole new world," Flores said.

Jack Bane is one of Nick's best friends and almost can't believe how eSight has changed Nick's life.

"I can't even explain it," Bane said. "It's just. It's crazy."

Flores was about to see clearly for the first time in his life.

"Nick was a little bit nervous at first I think," Bane said.

That nervousness turned to joy and an overwhelming emotion as Flores saw Bane's face clearly and in detail for the very first time.

"When I put the glasses on and I looked across the room he had this big smile on his face," Flores said.

Bane thinks Flores was stunned.

"He just sat here and just kinda stared at me for probably 10 seconds without saying anything," Bane said. "Just looking. I could tell it was kind of a shock for him to like actually see my face for the first time."

"That was um, incredible," Flores said with emotion. "I was like wow."

Jeffrey Fenton is eSight's director of outreach.

"It's been really special getting to know Nick," Fenton said. "Everyone deserves to see," - a saying which is eSight's motto.

Fenton says the system works with a camera headset and a special prescription lens frame. The glasses clip on to the device. It functions almost like a super computer for the eyes. The headset is connected to a controller and lets Flores zoom in and out and control contrast and color settings.

The video signal is then transmitted back to the headset and is displayed on LED screens in front of Flores' eyes.

Flores says you can call it fate or divine intervention. His faith in God tells him maybe that random meeting with Bane and his willingness to drive him to Dallas to meet with eSight was not so random after all. Maybe it was meant to be.

"It seemed like a coincidence but I really don't think it was a coincidence at all," Bane said. "I think God put us together for a reason. It was a miracle an absolute miracle."

Flores says he's been dreaming of this day since he was a kid and now his world is crystal clear. If you would like to know more about eSight or help with the gift of sight, go to MakeBlindnessHistory.com.

Affiliate KEYE contributed to this report.

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