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Life-changing device helps keep Lego dream alive for vision-impaired boy

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A young Lego lover, with low vision, can now see clearly thanks to life-changing technology.

Nine-year-old Ethan Pridham is legally blind and lives with a condition called ocular albinism, which causes vision to appear blurry and out of focus.

Ethan has been building Lego for a long time, and today he was gifted new technology to help him see his handiwork.

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Flying from Adelaide to Melbourne today, Ethan received his new lens thanks to eSight, Royal Society for the Blind and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

"I liked how I could see the Lego enlarged," Ethan said.

Ethan was the lucky recipient of the device, worth more than $10,000 which will help him build Lego.

Ethan's mum Kimberly Signore said the device was life-changing.

"He can't see the diagrams properly," he said.

"Sometimes the pieces are too small and fiddly but it doesn't stop him."

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Royal Society for Blind senior occupational therapist Amy Beech said the device was clinically proven to enhance sight through a combination of best-match camera and lens technology to stimulate the brain.

She said it provided increased visual information that compensated for gaps in the user's field of view.

"The device allows Ethan to magnify through a lens and see everything like everyone else can," Beech said.



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