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Device helps Kansas City woman see again after losing her sight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Imagine one day you can see, and then soon everything goes dark for almost two years. A mother of three from the Kansas City area didn’t have to imagine that when it became her everyday reality.

Ashley Mizell, a photographer, had one eye on getting good shots at weddings, parties and more, but one day her eyesight, which had been 20/20 for over 27 years, disappeared.

“My doctor called me around 7 o’clock that night and said, ‘Come to the emergency room, we have to try to save your vision,'” Mizell said.

The once radiant, camera-savvy mom was faced with a new challenge.

“I was a photographer in the Kansas City area. I lived my passion. I had perfect 20/20 vision,” she said.

An obstacle came in her way that would be the hardest thing to overcome.

“I found myself waking up every day and my vision becoming more and more confused,” Mizell said.

Several eye appointments and several pairs of glasses later, the realization finally set in. Mizell’s eyesight would soon be gone.

“They said, ‘It looks like you have a disease. I don’t think we can fix that for you,” she said.

She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called sarcoidosis; A side effect is scar tissue covering the eye within a few months.

“I can’t just grab my kid and say, ‘Hey, let’s go to the lake for a day.’ Everything has changed for my children,” she said.

She groped in the dark for two years until she was introduced to the Orcam Myeye device.

Not only did it allow her to regain her freedom, but also simple tasks like checking the mail and going to the grocery store.

She has been able to resume her loved activities and homeschool her children for more than 17 months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It gives me independence that I never knew was possible. When I first got sick, I thought my life was completely over,” Mizell said.

“This device really levels the playing field for people,” said Rafi Fischer, a spokesman for Orcam Myeye.

The device is approved by the VA for veterans throughout the United States and they have free access to it. But like Mizell, it’s available to anyone who might need it.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/device-helps-kansas-city-woman-see-again-after-losing-vision/ Device helps Kansas City woman see again after losing her sight

Nate Jones

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