Boca Raton teen gets gift of sight, thanks to generous donations

Boca Raton teen gets gift of sight, thanks to generous donations (WPEC)

Nicholas Roberts’ dream of owning a pair of high-tech glasses became a reality, thanks to CBS12's coverage and the generous donations from our community.

“I can actually see people’s smiles and their faces. I can see eye color now, and see what people are wearing,” Roberts said.

In June, Roberts tried eSight for the first time.

The emotional video captured our hearts.

The new technology allows people who are legally blind to see 20/20 vision.

But his gift of sight was short lived, until now.

Community donations covered the $10,000 price tag in only a few days.

When he unboxed his eSight, it was a moment he says that’s been a long time coming.

Roberts will now be able to see in the classroom this upcoming semester at Palm Beach State College for the first time.

“Because of these glasses, I can read books a lot easier. I’ll be able to see the boards in college,” he said. “It’d just make everything a lot easier. Test taking, finding my classes, seeing people’s faces.”

The glasses resemble a virtual reality headset.

Using a remote control, Roberts can adjust the contrast, zoom and focus. He can even freeze frame a picture.

“It’s like a 20-megapixel camera that magnifies 24 times. It allows me to see 400 feet across the field," he said.

With eSight, Roberts can now view his surrounding in sharper detail.

“I love them, they’re excellent. I recommend anyone who has them, get them. Don’t hesitate,” he said.

Roberts says he is forever grateful for the community’s support, especially the Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services for their large donation of $2,295.

He is documenting his experience with the new sight on Facebook.

His first day at Palm Beach State College is Aug. 23.