By Rachel Siford
Justin Crilly of Smithtown has had an eye-opening experience.
Legally blind 16-year-old Crilly had started using eSights on his eyes and is now able to pursue his passion for music. eSights are electronic glasses that utilize a high-definition camera in the headset to capture a real-time video feed. The headset connects to the processing unit that adjusts every pixel to allow Crilly to see and also houses the battery.
The tech company is fairly new since it launched in 2013.
“When I was first considered legally blind at 3 months old, the doctors said I would never see again,” he said.
Crilly’s mother, Stacy, said she saw an ad for eSight on Facebook and was intrigued. They went to a demo in the city and tried a pair out, and immediately fell in love with them.
“I don’t have to squint walking down the hallway anymore,” he said. “Now I can see when I go to a concert or a movie.”
Crilly’s mother has noticed considerable differences in her son’s behavior since he started wearing the glasses this past March.
“The eSights have increased his independence tremendously,” his mother said. “It makes me less afraid for him to go out into the world.”
She went on to say that it gives him the freedom to do anything he wants, like go away to college when he graduates if he so chooses.
“There was always this worry about how far was he going to make it independently, but now I am elated to know that he can be as independent as anybody else,” Stacy Crilly said. “In a way these glasses freed him from his disability.”
According to his mother, since Justin Crilly was a baby, he always gravitated toward music. He has been looking into music schools for the past several years, excited about where to go to college to pursue a career in music production.
He has been taking music theory and recording at Hauppauge High School for the past year. He is able to plug his eSights directly into the computer, making using the software to make music, at home and at school, much easier. Justin Crilly has taken voice, piano and drum lessons throughout his life and has recently started learning how to DJ at Spin DJ Academy in Hauppauge.
Before he started using eSights, it took Justin Crilly about three hours or more to do homework every night, but now he can knock it out in an hour.
He said he wants to show people that anyone with disabilities can do anything they want.
“I want people to hear my music and think ‘despite that he has a disability, he still made music sound that good,’” Justin Crilly said. “No matter if you have a disability or not, you can do anything with your life.”