- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

BRYAN, Ohio (AP) - Ben Murray has failed vision tests, lost jobs, been denied an Ohio driver’s license, and hasn’t been able to see his favorite baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, play.

Born three months premature at 1 pound, 10 ounces, Murray, 26, was born with optic atrophy. His optic nerves did not fully develop, making him legally blind.

For a few hours in August that all changed.

“It was overwhelming,” he said. “It blew my mind.”

The Bryan resident traveled to Dayton and tried eSight glasses.

For the first time he saw his father’s facial expressions. He saw words on signs from the top floor of the hotel where they stayed. He couldn’t believe he could see a radio antenna on a roof several blocks away.

Murray would like to buy a pair of the glasses and is raising money to make that happen.

eSight is a headset with a high-definition camera for a real-time video feed directly in front of a user’s eyes.

A controller worn on users’ hips allows for adjusting zoom, focus, and brightness.

“My first reaction (was) I had tears when I used the vision chart,” he said. “For years I haven’t been able to read (the chart).”

His father, John Murray, can’t believe what his son was able to see.

“Over the years he’s accommodated and adjusted so well to the environment despite his condition,” John Murray said. “Because of that, we don’t appreciate the difficulty of what he can see. He has to rely on tone of voice because he can’t see facial expression. No one, family included, I think really appreciates that. It’s amazing what he’s done.”

Murray works at local radio station WBNO and during Ohio State football game broadcasts, he sets up the local commercials and cuts in and out from the game broadcasts.

He also worked at Tractor Supply Co. and loved it. He only worked there for six months, however, because he was too slow. He also worked at Tim Horton’s. Ben Murray has also worked for a long time at PeopleWorks of Ohio, an organization his parents started, which put 19 local people with disabilities to work on their farm.

Despite 20/?400 eyesight in his left eye and 20/?800 eyesight in his right, Murray is able to read using magnifiers.

Although Murray has been able to do so much, he wants more that he believes eSight can give.

“I want to live my life,” he said. “I want to live on my own. I want my own family. I want a higher education. I only have a high school diploma. I want to pursue psychology or communications.”

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