Legally Blind 26 year-old Woman with Diabetic Retinopathy Regains Ability to See Using Innovative Electronic Glasses

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A 26-year-old woman who is legally blind due to a condition known as diabetic retinopathy has regained the ability to see using innovative electronic glasses. She is now able to see to read and participate in college classes, work in an office and live as normally as possible using this technology. Enhanced Vision is the manufacturer of the JORDY electronic glasses and also makes other devices to help those who have lost their sight due to conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and others. More than 12 million Americans experience low vision conditions, and with the growing diabetes epidemic in our country, many may be unaware of the serious affects this condition can have on their vision. They may also be unaware of the devices that can help those who have experienced vision loss.

Joy Clark, a 26-year-old San Diego resident, is experiencing the ability to see through a device known as JORDY. This product is developed by Enhanced Vision, the leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for people with Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and other low vision conditions. Clark, who has undergone two pancreas and three kidney transplants suffers from diabetic retinopathy.

“Many legally blind people think their world is over,” said Clark, who lost her sight at age 19. “I feel the best hope is technology such as JORDY. Being able to use JORDY allows me to function normally in life and still achieve what I want. It plugs me back into the real world.”

Clark had Type 1 diabetes, or juvenile-onset diabetes, since age 6, which progressed into diabetic retinopathy while she was awaiting a kidney transplant seven years ago. Diabetics as a group have 25 times the usual risk of blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of low vision which affects more than 12 million Americans. Currently there is no cure for people with low vision.

A few months ago, Clark was introduced to JORDY, an innovative headworn digital magnifier. With JORDY, Clark is able to read, see TV and enjoy many of the things she did before her sight became severely impaired. Totally blind for a year, she was able to have surgery to help restore some vision to one of her eyes. She learned Braille and used a device to help read and write—but at very close ranges—before being introduced to JORDY.

The JORDY glasses incorporate a miniature, auto-focus digital video camera to project images directly on to the user’s eye at up to 30x magnification, allowing those who have low vision to see again.    

Clark leads an active lifestyle, attending college classes and working in her father’s medical practice. “JORDY gives me the independence to pursue the goals I have in life, such as going to school and being able to sit in a classroom and read what’s on the board. JORDY gives me a lot of freedom I wouldn’t otherwise experience.”

“Things that people who can see take for granted, like being able to see television, I haven’t experienced for seven years. With JORDY, I feel that I’m back into pop culture again. As a big baseball fan, I was finally able to see what Barry Bonds looks like! I’m looking forward to watching a baseball game in person using JORDY.”

For more information about Joy Clark or others who have experienced the ability to see again using Enhanced Vision’s products, please contact Jennifer George, 800-440-9476 x. 2224 or Michelle Garrett, 408-685-4165.

About JORDY

The JORDY works by using digital cameras that are controlled by a miniature computer any magnify images on two small screens in front of the eyes. The device weighs less than 8 oz. and can be paired with a desktop stand for additional flexibility with reading and writing activities.

About Enhanced Vision

Enhanced Vision is the leading developer and manufacture of innovative products that enable people who have low vision, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa to read, write, work and maintain their active lifestyle. The company is headquartered in Orange County, California. Enhanced Vision products are available through distributors and leading eye care professionals located throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.enhancedvision.com.

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Michelle Garrett