You'd never know having a conversation with her that Britny Belskis is legally blind. She's severely near-sighted.
“From where we're sitting together, I can't see your face,” she told 10News reporter Grady Trimble, who was sitting just feet away from her.
Belskis can only see what’s directly in front of her, about a foot or two away, and even that’s dark and blurry.
Her mom homeschooled her starting in middle school. As a student at Southeastern University, a notetaker helps her in class, but that's changing.
“Oh! It's working,” Belskis said, as she turned on her brand new electronic glasses made by eSight.
In Belskis' case, she can see 20/20 when they’re on. The glasses have a high-speed camera that captures everything the user is looking at. They display a video on two OLED screens in front of the user's eyes.
“It's really different,” Belskis said. “It's nice and crisp and clear.”
She won't need a notetaker anymore, and she can read books she wasn't able to before. It's amazing not only to her, but also her parents, who she's never been able to see.
“Her nature has always been to help other people, so she never really even knew what she didn't really have,” Belskis' mom, Jennifer, said.
Now that she knows what it’s like to see, Belskis wants to help other people like her. The glasses are really expensive, about $10,000, so she’s starting a nonprofit called Britney’s Light to raise money to buy them. Family friends put on a benefit concert to raise money for hers.
Belskis is studying to become a pastor. All along, she's had faith. Now, she says, she knows it's God who can help the blind see.
“Definitely a miracle,” she said.
eSight is based in Canada. The glasses are not FDA approved yet, but you can still order them from Canada.