Blind woman sees her newborn baby for first time

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For Kathy Beitz and her son Aksel, it was love at first sight.

This isn't just the first time seeing her baby, it's the first time she's ever seen a baby.

Beitz has stargardt disease, a genetic condition that causes macular degeneration. A blind spot takes up most of her vision.

"It takes up pretty much, if i were looking at a person, their head and shoulders, that area," Beitz said. "I don't see any of that."

But that all changes when she puts on her eSight glasses.

"You're much closer, your facial features are much larger," Beitz said.

So are her son's.

She'll never forget seeing him for the first time.

"I remember his little mouth and his gums and his itsy bitsy tongue when he would cry," Beitz said. "I would have had to imagine what he looked like and i'm used to doing that, but it's a little bit heartbreaking having to do that for your own baby."

At home, the glasses are big help.

"I never want to bend his little toes too much by putting on his socks," Beitz said

Beitz used to struggle with reading the fine print on packaging.

"I would basically be have to be going in completely blind and not knowing the product i'm using on my child," said Beitz.

With the glasses she can read labels, and bedtime stories.

"I think it's a pretty life changing technology," said Taylor West, an eSight spokesman.

The glasses were developed by an Ottawa-based company. They've been on the market for about a year.

"What we do is capture an image and a video and present it in real time with certain enhancements for people with low vision," West said. "This makes the eye preceive more than they would otherwise be able to."

eSight also helps customers fundraise, since the glasses cost about $15,000 dollars.

Not that you can put a price on this.