Using sophisticated computer technology and a miniature video camera, wearers operate OrCam MyEye simply by pointing to the object they want to see.
Las Vegas, NV -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/21/2017 -- YESnick Vision Center was chosen to be the first optometry team in Nevada to market OrCam, a revolutionary device for visually impaired and blind patients. Using sophisticated computer technology and a miniature video camera, wearers operate OrCam MyEye simply by pointing to the object they want to see.
The system consists of a discreet, portable computer that fits in a pocket and connects by a thin cable to a piece clipped neatly onto the individual's eyeglasses. OrCam reads any object or text indicated by the user, and a tiny speaker uses bone conduction to transmit speech to the inner ear. People with visual impairments can thereby read books, menus and the words on street signs. OrCam also identifies products when shopping, recognizes faces, and differentiates between money and credit cards. This inventive device grants incredible independence and mobility to people living with vision loss.
Dr. David Yesnick, O.D., leading optometrist at YESnick Vision Center, and his wife, Sandy, have been at the forefront of low vision care for years. Mrs. Sandy Yesnick, OTR/L SCLV, is the premier Low Vision Therapist in Nevada.
"We are honored and excited to be the first to offer OrCam in Nevada. These glasses are designed to give independence to low vision and blind patients, and they are truly miraculous!" says Dr. Yesnick.
In 2015, the YESnick Vision Center hosted an informational meeting about CentraSight, an implantable telescope for advanced macular degeneration. Over 100 attendees participated at this event. The Yesnicks also founded the Vision Recovery Center, the sole non-profit in Nevada dedicated to helping defray the cost of care for visually impaired adults and children. In addition, this Las Vegas practice runs an innovative driving school for the public and people with visual impairments.
OrCam changes the whole playing field of visual and reading aids. Largely, existing reading aids use bulky equipment that functions in controlled environments or as software apps with limited use on smartphones. In contrast, OrCam can be used anywhere. It reads "text in the wild", which refers to all types of objects, ranging from traffic lights, bus numbers, magazines and faces. As friends or family approach, OrCam will announce who is arriving. The system is pre-programmed with a set of objects, and the wearer can add to this collection by waving an entity in front of the camera. In this way, the user teaches OrCam to recognize new objects.
"While we aren't able to correct low vision, OrCam is an unparalleled development to enhance patients' lives – using pioneering science, computers and high-tech engineering," says Dr. Yesnick.
Over 21 million people over the age of 18 in the United States have a form of visual impairment, according to the 2011 National Health Survey by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Dedicated to improving the lives of everyone with low vision, the YESnick Vision Center in Las Vegas, is currently the exclusive provider of the OrCam MyEye system to patients in Nevada.