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OrCam partners with Essilor

OrCam’s low vision device will be distributed to Essilor’s independent practitioners in the UK and Ireland

OrCam Technologies has partnered with Essilor in order to provide its wearable low vision device to independent practices.

Essilor will distribute OrCam’s MyEye 2 device to independents across the UK and Ireland, making the technology more available to patients living with low vision.

Director of Essilor Instruments UK, Paul Cumber, said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with OrCam to bring this cutting-edge assistive technology to independent eye care professionals across the UK and Ireland.”

“For the people whose sight cannot be helped with conventional solutions, we're delighted that we can provide the latest innovations to help people enjoy a more complete life. We are determined to make the OrCam MyEye 2 more widely available,” he added.

OrCam’s devices use a camera and artificial intelligence to analyse visual information such as text, faces and barcodes, which is then communicated to the wearer via audio.

Optometrist and founder of Nolke Opticians in Waterford, Ireland, Kjell Nolke, has been demonstrating the device to patients for over a year.

Mr Nolke said: “It’s so important that customers are able to see and try out this kind of technology for themselves, so, after I have assessed whether a customer might be suitable for the OrCam device, I do a demo in the practice and then lend the device out for a loan period.”

“OrCam’s technology has the potential to really make a difference to people who have lost their sight, so it is very exciting to have it available in my practice. It is wonderful for patients to know that they can try this technology locally and that they can have the latest tech to suit their disability,” he added.