Visually Impaired Man Wants Medicare To Pay For Smart GlassesPosted: Updated:
Since birth, Larry Storie has been legally blind because of a condition called Stargardt Disease.
"It affects the back of the eyes. The retinas are shattered. So I have no central vision at all," said Storie, executive director for the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired of Northern New York.
But Storie now can see much clearer with smart glasses called NuEyes.
"I can put them on and turn them on and it takes about a second for them to kick in. There we go. Okay. Then I can actually see everything around me," he said.
NuEyes allow those with visual impairments to see images projected like a computer or TV screen. They can even run apps like Netflix or YouTube. But Storie says they've helped him see very meaningful moments.
"I got to see my wife's eyes for the first time in 17 years and I could see that she had green eyes. I got to see my son play soccer and I get to see the ships. I live up in Cape Vincent," he said.
The glasses cost $6,000, but aren't covered by insurance.
Storie is working to get a bill passed in Congress to get Medicare to pay for assistive technology like NuEyes.
"They would be able to read. They would be able to go do their own shopping. They could be able to enjoy life," he said.
The goal is to bring NuEyes and new vision to those who need it.