Holly Bonner, mother of two, is legally blind. Appearing on Inside Edition, Holly described how OrCam MyEye 2, the world’s most advanced assistive wearable device for people who are blind or visually impaired has given her more independence and empowerment in her day-to-day life. “I never appreciated my independence so much, until I was able to do things by myself.”
OrCam MyEye 2 allows her to read text, recognize faces, identify products and much more. “When I go into my refrigerator, if I’m looking for a certain product, a certain yogurt for my little girls, I’m able to spin it around and scan the barcode using the OrCam MyEye and it will tell me what yogurt I have in my hand and I’m able to give that to my daughter,” Bonner said.
When Holly lost her vision in 2012, she felt devastated. “What people don’t understand is that losing your vision… you have to grieve it. Your vision is a part of you, so it’s like a death and you have to go through all those emotions and it took me a long time. I still don’t think I’m fully comfortable with it.” “It was probably the darkest time of my life, quite literally,” Holly said. Despite the challenge of being a blind mother, Holly realized that she needed to move forward and persevere.
“I deal with it because I have kids and I have to. I have to get up in the morning and I have a family to take care of but it’s not an easy thing to get accustomed to.”
OrCam MyEye 2 for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Before using the device, even the simplest of tasks that sighted people take for granted, such as reading the menu at a restaurant required that Holly get assistance. Now, Holly can read the menu on her own. “The first time that I used the OrCam MyEye during one of our date nights … I was able to read the menu and order what I wanted. I felt good about myself and I felt good about our relationship and I just felt like a normal woman on a date night.” She even uses the device to read to her kids and noted how easy the device is to use. “It’s a very simple pointing gesture. All I have to do is point to a page and it will read me all the text.”
Low vision specialist, Dr Bryan Wolynski, said “OrCam MyEye is the world’s most advanced wearable assistive technology, changing the lives of many people who are blind, visually impaired, or have reading difficulties.”
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