Iowa Man Hoping to See His Family for First Time

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Jesse Bolinger was born with fluid on his brain, which resulted in him becoming legally blind.

It’s something he’s lived with his entire life.

“As I’ve gotten married and moved into kids growing up and things, I can’t watch ballgames. I can’t watch dance recitals, that’s near impossible,” says Jesse Bolinger.

We caught up with Bolinger at the Iowa State Fair along with his wife, Chasity and two girls, Emma, 6 and Gracie 7.

Bolinger says earlier this year he learned about eSight, a pair of glasses that could help him see his family for the first time.

He got to try them out last April.

“It’s almost hard to describe what that detail looks like and how that feels. To be able to look at somebody’s face that I didn’t know and see detail, was amazing,” says Jesse Bolinger.

eSight allows visually impaired individuals to achieve nearly 20/20 vision. The new technology works by using a camera mounted on the front of the glasses and projecting the images onto two screens in front of the user’s eyes. The computer the glasses connects to is portable and has a nine-hour battery life.

Since the glasses are not covered by insurance, the Bolingers are working to raise the $15,000 needed to buy a pair for Jesse.

“To now know I`ll be able to look at just about anything and know what it is, interpret it, understand it, and feel good about being more involved in life and being able to do more to help my family and help others,” says Jesse Bolinger.

It will also give him the opportunity to see his wife and kids for the first time.

“Seeing us for the first time would also be incredible, looking forward to it,” says Chasity Bolinger.

His girls are excited too.

“It`s going to be amazing for him to see us do all fun things,” says Emma Bolinger.

And Gracie Bolinger agrees, “It would just be incredible for him to see me, my mom and my sister for the first time.”

To learn more about Jesse’s journey, click here.

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