This video focuses on how telescopic glasses are helping people get on with day to day living.
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Jennifer Mathews: When it's story time with her two sons, Lauren Holt can see all she needs to see. Lauren Holt: The first problem was the lions and the tigers. Jennifer Mathews: But for years, Lauren couldn't drive her sons where they needed to go. Her eye problems make it impossible, even with glasses, to get her vision to 20/40, the vision needed to drive legally. Lauren Holt: I used to have to do Internet shopping, or my husband would go on Sundays and get the groceries, or I could walk to the market, but I couldn't get many things. Jennifer Mathews: Now, Lauren has a new lease on life, thanks to these telescopic glasses. Lauren Holt: 99.9% of the time when I drive, I just look through the carrier lenses themselves, and then I just use the scope when I'm driving to see road signs. Eli Peli: Spotting the traffic light from a large enough distance, if the road is open, and for tasks like this, they need sharper vision. Jennifer Mathews: Still, the glasses have one major problem. Eli Peli: If you're looking at a road sign, then it blocks part of the road view. Jennifer Mathews: That's why Doctor Peli is developing the next level of telescopic lens. Eli Peli: Rather than blocking the view, it will move that view of the magnified telescope up towards the sky. Jennifer Mathews: Additionally, he says telescopic lenses in the future will embed the telescope into the regular lens. For Lauren, the current version has given her a freedom she never had. Lauren Holt: It was scary, and it was liberating, and it was exciting at the same time. Jennifer Mathews: Now, there's nothing to stop her from going where she needs to. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.