Legally Blind Century Man Raising Money To See Again With High Tech Glasses

July 19, 2018

“I experienced a miracle.”

That’s how Eddie Hammond of Century described trying on a pair of eSight glasses a few days. Eddie is legally blind, but the glasses gave him a chance to see again.

The eSight glasses are high tech, engineered to aid the visually impaired to see. The life-changing technology uses a high quality camera to projects a live feed onto two small screens in front of the wearer’s eyes.

And for 57-year old Eddie Hammond, they worked.

When Eddie was 12, he suffered an eye injury that caused vision problems in his left eye. A few years later, the same problem struck his right eye. He served his community for 33 years with the Town of Century. But he was forced to retire due to his vision.

Four years ago, he experienced retinal detachment that left him totally blind in his right eye. Coupled with very poor vision in his left eye, Hammond was plunged into a blurry world.

“I can only see the world around me in a blur of shapes, colors and motion,” he said. Until last week, when the eSight glasses allowed him to see clearly.

But Eddie could not bring the glasses home — he can’t afford the $10,000 price tag that’s not covered by insurance.

He learned of the eSight glassesĀ  after a news story about a a legally blind Beulah Academy of Science Middle School student. His classmates raised nearly $10,000 in just a few weeks to purchase a special pair of eSight glasses to allow him too see clearly again. [Read story...]

Now Eddie is hoping North Escambia area residents will help him see again.

“I am reaching out to ask if you can help give me the gift of sight. eSight will allow me to actually see, and any contribution from you would truly change my life,” he said.

“These glasses would benefit every aspect of my life. They would help me to regain my independence, see my grandchildren and to live a better life.”

Donations towards Eddie Hammon’s eSight glasses can be made to the “Edward R. Hammond Benefit Account” at any location of United Bank, or online at eSight.

Pictured top: Eddie Hammond of Century stands on his porch, staring out into a blurry world. Pictured inset: Eddie Hammond hopes the community will help him pay for special glasses that will allow him to see again. photos, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “Legally Blind Century Man Raising Money To See Again With High Tech Glasses”

  1. Terri Robinson on July 23rd, 2018 10:50 am

    This man could easily reach his goal if 500 people gave $20 each or 1000 people gave $10 each. I made a donation and encourage others to do so as well.

  2. Barlow on July 22nd, 2018 4:09 pm

    I Know what you are talking about. I checked out these glasses for my mother. That $10,000 price tag was way out of her reach also. . I’m sure they’re worth every penny for someone who’s legally blind, but the average person just can’t afford that kind of price tag. Hopefully they will be some organization that will step in and help. I don’t see why there’s no insurance that will cover the cost or at least 80% of it.

  3. Gabriele Simmons on July 19th, 2018 8:32 am

    Wow, this is awesome! This gives me hope for my mom as she ages and her sight declines due to retina detachment. I will definitely contribute. I will be praying enough funds will be donated.

  4. Sam on July 19th, 2018 6:50 am

    No one should be without sight when there is a remedy. I definately will contribute.

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