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Special glasses help 7-year-old McMinnville boy see

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Cason Watson (Watson family / GoFundMe) Cason Watson (Watson family / GoFundMe)
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There is hope for a local first grader who is legally blind that he will be able to see again.

At 3 months old, doctors discovered Cason Watson was legally blind because his optic nerves didn't fully develop. But there's a new set of glasses that could completely change this now 7-year-old McMinnville boy's life. 

Right now, Cason can only see things if he gets them within six inches of his face and uses a magnifier to see out of a pin hole in the corner of his right eye. This makes everything from reading at school, to watching TV, to eating – difficult.

His family recently heard about some special glasses made by a Canadian company called eSight, and they made the trip up north to give them a try. 

Cason's mother says the demonstration was incredible, with Cason yelling out that he could see everything. 

The eSight goggles let Cason zoom in on things that are far away or even take pictures of things, to zoom in on them, so he didn't have to get up close to some objects.

But the problem the family now faces is that insurance will not cover the $15,000 goggles. So, they started a GoFundMe page and so far have raised more than $7,000.

His mom says the support from friends and family has been overwhelming. 

"I think this will literally open a whole new world for him," said Melissa Watson. "I'm excited to take him to a baseball game. I'm excited to take him to the zoo where he can see things, there's a whole world out there that he hasn't explored yet." 

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