Seeing is believing
As you can imagine, not being able to see everything the way you’re supposed to can get a little bit frustrating. Gene Purdie has just this problem, and it’s not one thats fun to deal with. While he isn’t completely blind, Gene suffers from a disease that makes it very hard to see things the way that everyone else does. One day with Rachel Ray and a special pair of glasses may have changed his life forever.
It’s bad enough
Though he isn’t completely blind, Gene has suffered from a disease called Stargardt Disease since birth. Stargardt makes central vision go blurry, almost as if you could only see out of your peripherals. This makes seeing faces, and reading very difficult tasks. It’s something that he’s had to deal with his whole life, and he’s never truly seen the face of his wife, or his own son.
She found hope
Gene’s wife, Joy, had seen Rachel Ray use a pair of electronic glasses, made by eSight, to help a woman with Stargardt on a previous episode of the show, and she said it was the most exciting moment of her life. Joy wrote to the show telling Rachel about her husbands life and eyesight, and eventually Rachel called the couple up and decided to put them on the show.
The $15,000 pair of glasses that are given to Gene work by capturing video with a camera on the front, it then runs the image through a computer that then adjusts almost every pixel to be customized to Gene’s specific sight, and then puts it on an HD screen so that Gene can see the way everyone else does.