McMINNVILLE, OR (KOIN) — Cason Watson is as curious as any 7-year-old. He’s quite the piano player, too. But he was born with a condition that limits his range of sight to a pinhole in the far corner of his right eye.
“Bilateral optic nerve hypoplasia,” said his mother, Melissa Watson. “So if he wanted to look at something, he would need to draw it up about 6 inches and turn his head completely and look at it.”
Three weeks ago, Cason had a chance to do something he’s never done before — a chance to see the world like most of us.
He and his family went to Canada where he tried a new technology — eSight eyewear, glasses that can enlarge items up to 14 times their original size.
“When he put his eSight glasses on, he pointed right at me and said, ‘I see you, Mommy, right there!’” Melissa said.
“That was really exciting because I was all the way across the room, and that was the first time that I knew that they had really worked for him. And he was really proud of himself at that point. One of the goals we have is that when he wears these glasses, we’re hoping that he can see his friends and his classroom and he can see how they behave in a classroom setting. Right now he kind of thinks he’s the only one in the class so when he does something he doesn’t see the affect it has on his teachers or classmates,” she said.
The glasses cost $15,000 and aren’t covered by insurance, and the family is already buried in other medical bills for Cason who currently needs daily doses of thyroid medication and growth hormone. Melissa started a GoFundMe page.
“Once we saw him, it was a no-brainer for us,” she said. “When we saw his joy and the things he could accomplish we had to get on board. We had to do what we could.”
The goal of the GoFundMe page was the $15,000 it would take to buy the glasses, and so far, generous contributors have donated more than $16,000.
The family had hoped to raise enough money to get the glasses before Cason was due to start 2nd grade in September.