Man with rare eye disorder gets a new view of the world

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LONE ROCK, Wis. (WMTV) -- Think about everything you saw today - the green grass, the blue sky, but what if all of that was taken away?

Cone-rod dystrophy is a rare eye disorder that affects 1-in-30,000 people that ultimately leads to legally blindness. It results in loss of color vision and sharpness and followed by night blindness.

One Lone Rock man isn't letting his diagnosis stop him from seeing again.

The sounds are almost immediately recognizable, but what if you were at your daughters volleyball game and everything you saw was blurry?

That's what it's like when Brett Laage watches his daughter, Alissa, play.

"He can kind of see Alissa," his fiance, Lacey Seep, explained. "I think it's more just like a shape."

While he can't fully watch the game, she gives him the play-by-play.

"When there's a lot of kids running around, back and forth, it's pretty difficult to tell whether she's even out there," Laage said.

Even with the explanation of it all, it's not the same.

"We come to Alissa's stuff, and I always give him the low-down, but he's not really seeing her," Seep said.

Brett noticed his vision changing when he was playing sports himself. He was diagnosed with cone-rod dystrophy when he was 14-years-old.

"Judging fly balls, I could hit pretty good, and then suddenly I couldn't hit anything at all," he explained. "I got really into hunting, and that became a lot harder."

He is now legally blind.

"Things in the distance are a little blurry," he said. "Things can kind of appear and then disappear and reappear."

Despite these challenges, he hopes to see clearly again some day.

"It'll be a big change," he said.

E-sight glasses are the newest vision technology on the market.

"I could actually see 20/20 with them," he said.

They have a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures everything Brett is looking at with virtually no lag.

"You can really see a lot of things I could really only dream of seeing otherwise," he said.

Giving him hope that he will one day actually be able to watch from the sidelines.

Brett said it's not a matter of if - it's a matter of when he will get those glasses.

To learn more about his cause go to http://giving.esighteyewear.com/brett-laage.



 
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