Blind woman sees baby for the first time

TORONTO (CBC/CNN) - A special set of glasses allowed a Canadian mother to see her newborn son for the first time. This isn't just the first time seeing her baby, it's the first time she's ever seen a baby. Kathy Beits, 29, started her losing her sight in grade school due to Stargardt disease, a genetic condition that causes macular degeneration. A blind spot takes up most of her vision. "It takes up pretty much, if I were looking at a person, their head and shoulders, that area, I don't see any of that," Beitz said. But that all changes when she puts on her eSight glasses. Facial features appear much larger and closer. She'll never forget seeing her son for the first time. "I remember his little mouth and his gums and his itsy bitsy tongue when he would cry. I would have had to imagine what he looked like and I'm used to doing that, but it's a little bit heartbreaking having to do that for your own baby," she said. At home, the glasses are big help. "I never want to bend his little toes too much by putting on his socks," Beitz said. Beitz used to struggle with reading the fine print on packaging. "I would basically be have to be going in completely blind and not knowing the product I'm using on my child," she said. With the glasses she can read labels, and bedtime stories. "I think it's a pretty life changing technology," said Taylor West, a spokesman for eSight Spokesman. The glasses were developed by an Ottawa-based company, and have been on the market for about a year. "What we do is capture an image and a video and present it in real time with certain enhancements for people with low vision. This makes the eye perceive more than they would otherwise be able to," West said. eSight also helps customers fundraise, since the glasses cost about $15,000.

Share your thoughts here...