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New glasses help teen read again after losing most of her vision

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UNDATED (WJRT) - (06/13/14) - Thirteen million Americans over the age of 45 suffer with low vision, including those who've lost vision due to diabetes, macular degeneration or glaucoma.  

Unfortunately for Alexis London, and others who suffer from low vision, eyeglasses and contacts usually don't help. But now a new patented pair of glasses is allowing them to read again.

Cheering keeps Alexis' spirits high.    

"It's always exciting, it's always fun to pep up the crowd," she said.

Even during low points. Last year, doctor Adam Esbenshade diagnosed her with an inoperable brain tumor along her optic pathway.    

"If we're not able to stop the growth of this tumor, it will be a life-threatening situation," Esbenshade said.

Alexis' mom says a year's worth of chemo stopped the growth, but it hasn't been easy.  
"Chemo was a really hard road. And watching her lose her eyesight," said Tammy London, Alexis' mom.

"My sight is pretty much like 20 percent in this eye and pretty much blind in that eye," Alexis said.

Now, new technology is giving Alexis hope. A special pair of glasses allows Alexis to do her homework without a magnifying glass.  

"It's a lot easier too than making it big and everything. I can actually read the small print," she said.

Doctor Jeffrey Sonsino created the low vision readers. LED lights and prism correction help folks who aren't helped by traditional lenses.  

"This came about because we couldn't get people reading the way we wanted them to," Sonsino said.

For Alexis, it's just another reason to cheer.

The low vision glasses cost less than $400 and allow Alexis to return to using textbooks at school, instead of highly enlarged text on her iPad.
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