I was first introduced to NuEyes by searching for a corrective device for my daughter who was born with an extremely rare eye condition. Her sight is about 20/400. We had driven to Dallas Texas to try a competitive device that was very expensive and very cumbersome, but the technology worked for her. After researching the technology I stumbled on to a startup company out of California with a much better grasp on the tech and a reasonable price per unit. Since there was no representation for the device in Texas, the President of the company sent us a demo pair to try on my daughter. During a skype conversation with the President of NuEyes, he explained how to power up the device and the functions to operate the glasses. We put the glasses on my daughter, and she proceeded to wander around the house looking at things she had never seen before. In the middle of the skype conversation with Nueyes, she comes up to me and asks in a statement “So, this is how you see all the time” to which I replied Yes!. With that she went into the dinning room to look at the big screen tv, 25 feet from her. Hearing what was on the tv I asked if she could see what was on the television, to which she replied “yes daddy” at this point wanting to test her and knowing what show was playing, I asked what was on the tv, to which she replied “DUST”. At this point I knew the technology worked for my daughter and saw the possibilities for other children like her, I developed a relationship with the company that has flourished to this day.
--Philip Monroe-Texas Eye Tech
Mrs. Thompson is the mother of four children, two boys and two girls, all school age which she home schools in rural Mississippi. Her youngest daughter, Anna was born with very low vision about 20/600 and was at the age where reading was becoming more important and reading anything past a few inches from her nose was impossible. This was starting to affect her school work. Mrs. Thompson had heard about NuEyes and was anxious for her daughter to try the glasses, hoping beyond hope that something could help her daughter. She contacted me and asked if I ever got to Mississippi could I come by so Anna could try the glasses. Weeks went by and Mrs. Thompson would check in about every other week to see if I was going to be in Mississippi and could I stop by and meet her daughter. Feeling her anguish, I agreed to drive to Mississippi on my way to Memphis via Louisiana. Philadelphia Mississippi it turns out is a very rural town between Jackson Mississippi and Memphis TN. When I say rural, I mean Google can’t locate it. With verbal directions in hand I found the home of the Thompsons and was introduced to a beautiful 10 year old girl with long flowing wavy hair and a huge smile. She was so anxious to try the glasses even though I had cautioned her mother about getting her hopes up because some eye conditions do not respond to the technology and I did not want to witness heart break. After I explained how the glasses worked, I put them on her face and the first thing she did was look up at her mother who was staring back at her with the hope only a mother could have for her daughter. Anna gasped and said “mommy, I can see your face!” With that she ran into her bedroom. I asked Mrs. Thompson where she went and she told me to her bedroom because she had never seen it before. Before long relatives started showing up, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, grandparents, all wanting to know if Anna could see. An hour or so later after Anna had seen everybody that arrived and all the tears were wiped away, I continued on with my journey with a heart felt thank you and we will be in touch.
About three months later I get a call from Mrs. Thompson telling me they had raised the money for the glasses through the church and could I send them a pair. Understanding that in Philadelphia Mississippi, the cost of the glasses was in some cases a quarter of a years salary, I was very moved. Anna has gone on to introduce the glasses to the University of Mississippi Eye Institute and is flourishing in her school work and church.