Blind woman’s eSight fundraising campaign surpasses goal
Bobbi Janzen was born with a degenerative eye condition. Her GoFundMe campaign to raise $19,500 for eSight glasses, recently surpassed its goal. (supplied)
A legally blind Saskatoon woman’s dream of seeing clearly will soon become a reality.
Bobbi Janzen’s GoFundMe page, started last month to help her raise $19,500 for eSight glasses, surpassed its fundraising goal Monday night.
“The majority of the donors we don’t know personally,” she said, noting how floored she was by the support. “The kindness — it just warms our hearts. It’s amazing.”
Janzen was born with a degenerative eye condition, and the little vision she has left lacks detail — she compares her vision to looking into a foggy bathroom mirror.
She tried on eSight glasses about two months ago, and within a week, she started the GoFundMe page to raise money for the costly lenses.
The glasses use a built-in high-speed camera to send images to a small, wearable computer. The images are processed and then sent back to the headset, where they’re displayed on two LED screens in front of the user’s eyes.
“It was amazing,” she told CTV News. She was with her husband when she tried on the glasses for the first time. “All of a sudden he came into completely clear focus.”
The new glasses are expected to arrive Friday.