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Blind husband gets to see wife on his wedding day thanks to 'smart glasses'

Posted June 11

A groom should never see his bride before the wedding, the old saying goes.

But Andrew Airey gets a pass.

Airey, who married his wife 15 years ago, had a chance see his wife for the first time when the couple decided to have a second wedding, according to Mashable.

Airey, who has Stargardt’s disease, which is a form of macular degeneration that made his eyesight deteriorate, is legally blind. He’s faced a challenging life, he told Mashable, saying that "not being able to see my wife's facial expressions" is one of the toughest challenges.

But a new pair of glasses, called the eSight 3 smart glasses, gave him close to 20/20 vision for their recent second wedding, according to Mashable.

"From struggling to see my loved ones' faces to being unable to drive or work to not being able to simply read without multiple magnification devices, my vision has challenged me in ways I did not expect when I was first diagnosed with Stargardt's disease," he said.

The glasses are similar to a virtual reality headset, with an HD camera and two sensors that make out the screens and prisms needed to see his wife.

Watch this video to see the experience.

Smart glasses have been on the rise to help blind people see. Oxford students developed SmartSpecs, which capture real-time images and enhance the contrast of those pictures to allow legally blind people to see them.

The company Aira designed smart glasses to help blind and visually impaired people, according to Engadget. These glasses absorb what the person is seeing around them and then describes the situation to them.

A research team at the University of Utah recently developed a new pair of smart glasses that are made with lenses that adjust their focus to fit the needs to those with poor eyesight. The glasses can eliminate the need for reading glasses.

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