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Blind Romford resident fights to keep his newly gained sight

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:02 05 September 2016

Andrew Stokes is raising money so he can afford to use SightPlus technology which helps him see.

Andrew Stokes is raising money so he can afford to use SightPlus technology which helps him see.

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A man who suffers from a rare eye condition is raising money to help him afford a new technology which enables him to see.

The SightPlus kit, which Andrew is holding, was developed by Give Vision.The SightPlus kit, which Andrew is holding, was developed by Give Vision.

Andrew Stokes, 33, from Angel Way, Romford, was born with aniridia, a congenital eye disorder which causes an incomplete formation of the iris, with muscles that open and close the pupils missing.

However, during a trial using SightPlus technology, Andrew has been able to see properly for the first time in his life.

“It’s made me a lot more independent. Before I couldn’t read my own post or go shopping,” said Andrew. “It’s like having a whole new sight level.

“It is the first time I can see what peoples faces look like – it was amazing. Before it was like looking through a blurry window.”

Andrew has been able to complete everyday tasks, like reading mail, independently.Andrew has been able to complete everyday tasks, like reading mail, independently.

SightPlus, developed by Give Vision, uses a virtual reality headset which magnifies objects for the user.

“The power of the software is you can see at close range and you can see more details,” said Give Vision co-founder Maria Elodie. “It works for a variety of different sight conditions.”

Andrew’s partner, Naomi Scolding, said the technology had made a big difference to both of them.

“He is more confident in himself,” said Naomi. “He can shop on his own and read bills, for instance.

“It has given me more of a rest too because I don’t have to always assist him all the time.”

Andrew needs to raise £1,000 for permanent use of the headset, as well as £250 up front and monthly instalments of £30 for two years.

If you would like to donate to Andrew’s JustGiving page visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Andrews-sight.


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