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Nearly 14 million Americans are visually impaired. For those people, everyday tasks become difficult. The Doctors share the story of a New York music producer who suffers from vision loss but whose life has changed for the better with the help of a new device.
Fitz, aka Flex, says he lives in peace with his eye problem. However, when he first got the OrCam MyEye, he thought, “They’re not gonna be able to hold me!” Fitz says he can now organize his paperwork, read his mail and see how much money he has. “Technology is actually doing something spectacular. It’s giving sight to a blind man,” he says.
Fitz joins OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry in the studio, along with a specialist in low vision optometry, Dr. Bryan Wolynski. Fitz shares that he has had Retinitis Pigmentosa his entire life. This is a genetic eye condition that affects the light-sensitive cells in the retina. Initially, people start losing peripheral vision and night vision and then over time, they start to lose all of their central vision.
Dr. Wolynski is a consultant for OrCam, the company that created the MyEye device that Fitz uses. “OrCam MyEye is the world’s most advanced wearable artificial vision device. Designed for people who are blind, visually impaired, or have reading difficulty like dyslexia. For thousands of Americans and even more people worldwide, it’s truly been a life changer.” The device is able to read, recognize faces, identify objects and more. This helps people with their work, their studies and their independence.
The device is about the size of a finger and weighs less than an ounce. It attaches to the side of glasses. When reading, someone just needs to point with their fingers to words on a page and the device instantly communicates visual information by audio. Fitz demonstrates by reading a paper with a flirtatious message! “Dr. Nita is very attractive. See if she’s single.”
Dr. Nita wants to know more about how Fitz’s life has been impacted by his MyEye. Fitz explains that he is back in college and can instantly read a handout while in class. In his music studio, it helps him to identify the buttons on his equipment. “Currency? Ever since I got OrCam I no longer overpay nobody!” Fitz says.
How does this device recognize faces? Dr. Wolynski explains it can work manually by touching the side of the device or automatically recognize the faces of people in your life like family, friends and co-workers. Fitz says he’ll normally identify someone by their voice but it's very loud in the studio so the facial recognition allows him to know who is in the room.
Dr. Nita invites two audience members to come up for a demonstration of the facial recognition feature. Dr. Wolynski says Dr. Nita’s image has been stored in Fitz’s EyeCam. Fitz taps the device and it responds, “Dr. Nita, a man, a woman, are in front of you.”
Dr. Nita is amazed! Dr. Wolynski says anyone who struggles with vision loss or reading difficulty can use the device and definitely benefit from it. To learn more about the OrCam MyEye visit OrCam.com. The company is offering viewers of The Doctors a $400 discount. Hurry! The limited-time offer is only for the next seven days.
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