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Teen gets gift of sight from new technology and his community

PERKASIE, Pa. - A community is giving the gift of sight to a Bucks County teen through technology.

Andrew Lowe, a teen from Perkasie, uses the eSight glasses which help legally blind people see.

"They help me read and be able to see people's faces better," said Andrew.

Andrew can connect the glasses to his television and can also use his computer screen to control the zoom, contrast, and lights.

He's had the glasses for a couple of months, after being diagnosed with Stargardt's disease two years ago.

Stargardt's disease is a visual impairment where the individual eventually loses all of their central vision, a diagnosis his mother was not ready for.

"I don't even know where to start. It hits you like a ton of bricks," said Julie Lowe. "You feel sad for him and you worry about what life will be like for him."

The quest to get the glasses came while a family member was watching a syndicated talk show and heard about the company.

"The problem is," said Lowe. "They're $15,000. I just kind of rolled my eyes and I thought well there's a pipe dream. That will never happen."

But it did happen, Andrew's story spread around Sellersville, and other parts of Bucks County.

Andrew became the focal point of the community.

"I was surprised that people cared enough to actually donate money to my eSight glasses," said Andrew.

The Perkasie Lions Club and the entire student body at Faith Christian Academy raised the money, plus an additional $2,000 to get Andrew a laptop.

"It's one thing to see an act of kindness for you," added Julie Lowe. "It's a whole other thing when people love on your kids and are really willing to sacrifice and meet a need in their lives. Words can't express how touching that is."

After two months, some things are still a little blurry as Andrew learns the controls.

But one thing that is in clear view, this new technology has given the teen added confidence and hopefully his experience with the cutting edge technology will give more people a view of the world around them. 

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