An Ontario teen who is legally blind not only got to hang out with a couple of Harlem Globetrotters recently — he was able to actually see them, thanks to technology from a Toronto startup.
Ethan LaCroix, 13, has been nearly 75 per cent blind his whole life because of a rare disease called Leber congenital amaurosis. But when he wears eSight eyewear, the Brantford, Ont. teen has nearly normal vision.
"I could see writing on a piece of paper from across the room," LaCroix said, describing the first time he put the glasses on. "I looked out the window and could see the street signs and all the signs on the buildings."
Jeff Fenton, eSight's director of marketing, said people often compare it to the visor worn by Geordie LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation — an instrument that allowed the LaForge character, who was totally blind, to see even better than people with normal vision.