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High-tech glasses give Florida teen the gift of sight



WEST BOCA RATON, Fla. (WPEC) - Imagine opening your eyes and seeing the world and your loved ones clearly for the first time at the age of 19.

A West Boca Raton student is seeing the world in a whole new light, thanks to a life-changing technology.

But his dream is short-lived without the community's help.

Nicholas Roberts has been essentially blind since the day he was born, due to an underdeveloped optic nerve condition called Optic Nerve Hyperplasia. Even surgery isn’t an option for him.

“I can see things around me, but I can’t see the detail of them,” he said. “I thought I’d be legally blind, just be like this for the rest of my life.”

Last week, the 19-year-old attended a demonstration from eSight, the developer of a brand-new product that allows people like Roberts to see with 20/20 vision. He said it is difficult to put in words the emotion he felt when he put on the glasses.

“It was great to actually see my parents’ faces, really for the first time, and see the detail,” Roberts said.

Video obtained by CBS12 News shows Roberts' emotional reaction.

“It’s more beautiful than I thought it was,” he said.

His mother, Jennifer Jenkins Roberts, said it’s a dream come true.

"Just words can’t describe how amazing that feeling is to witness your child being able to see for the first time,” she said.

The glasses have two high-definition cameras that capture everything you’re looking at and then display the image on a screen inside the glasses.

However, it comes at a $10,000 price tag.

After his first glimpse at full vision, he is currently raising money in hopes to wear these specs for the fall semester at Palm Beach State College.

“These glasses will really help me in my day-to-day life,” Nicholas Roberts said.

Those who want to help Roberts receive this gift can donate to a fundraising account directly through the company, eSightEyeWear, or the family's GoFundMe page.

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