Legally blind student raises money to buy electronic glasses

By Stephanie Claytor, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, November 05, 2017, 9:52 PM EST

Southeastern University student Britny Belskis, 27, has wanted to see clearly her entire life.

  • Britny Belskis is legally blind
  • She has degenerative myopia
  • Belskis is raising money to buy electronic glasses

Now, if she can come up with thousands of dollars, her wish will be granted.

Her vision impairment is called degenerative myopia, causing her to be legally blind. She can only see blurry images in front of her.

“I can’t see your facial expressions,” said Belskis.

The vision impairment led her to be homeschooled.

“In the 90s, early 2000s, the schools didn’t have the capabilities and knowledge they have now for visually-impaired students,” said Belskis.

She persevered, using closed-circuit television magnification tools to help her read textbooks. It’s always been her dream to have 20/20 vision.

“I’ve been praying since I was very little,” said Belskis.

It appears her prayers have been answered. Her doctor told her about newly invented eSight glasses, that actually allow her to see all of those details she’s been missing out on.

When wearing the electronic glasses, she can see, for the first time, details like people’s eye colors, smile, or their gray hairs.

Dee Dee Miller with eSight eyewear explained how the glasses work.

“The glasses have a high definition camera in there that projects an image into the lenses,” said Miller. “With the controller, she’s able to change the magnification of what she’s seeing. It will magnify up to 24 times.”

The electronic glasses cost around $10,000. Miller said the glasses are not covered by insurance because they’re still going through the FDA approval process.

It’s the reason Belskis’ father, and entertainer Ken Brady threw a benefit concert Sunday for her, hoping to raise the cash.

“We are musicians, we’ve been musicians, for a long time. Family band. And it’s hard raising that money playing the guitar,” said Tony Belskis.

“We told this young lady we’d get these glasses for her and that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” said Brady, a family friend.

To help Belskis, visit her GoFundMe page.

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