Virtual Reality Helps Legally Blind Man See Clearly For The First Time

getty_rf_photo_of_closeup_of_long_full_eyelashesA solitary plinth stands in the center of a dark room. It is completely surrounded by glowing computer screens of various sizes. Each of these screens is a portal to a different experience, a different reality. But, unlike most people, Jamie Soar is too awestruck to care about what lies beyond this initial loading room. Because, while most people here would be seeing a new form of media for the very first time, Jamie Soar was seeing for the very first time.

Soar suffers from a hereditary eye condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa. In essence, it makes him debilitatingly near-sighted and requires him to use a blind cane at night or in dark spaces. His afflictions also include diplopia — which causes nearly constant double vision. On this day, however, the boggling of Soar’s eyes had nothing to do with his visual limitations and everything to do with the sight he was beholding.

By Joe Durbin | UploadVR

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