OTTAWA -- Sitting at her kitchen table with her mom, Emma-Rose Gibson, 8, reads her schoolwork with her nose pressed to the paper.
It’s the only way she can see clearly, the result of an eye condition that doctors initially believed left her completely blind.
“So my eye condition is called optic nerve hypoplasia,” the precocious third grader says happily, more intent on showing off her latest painting.
Diagnosed at two months old, Emma-Rose beat the odds when, at two, she was able to see shadows and track objects with her eyes.
Since then, Jennifer-Anne and Justin Gibson have helped their daughter adjust to life with 20/400 eyesight.
But if all goes according to plan at a fundraising bowl-a-thon on March 24, Emma-Rose may be able to start seeing more than anyone thought possible, thanks to a high-tech pair of glasses made by a local company.
After hearing about the new technology on the radio, Jennifer-Anne put a call into eSight Corp and Emma-Rose tried the glasses in January.
The results couldn’t have been better -- the glasses recorded Emma-Rose’s eyesight improving to 20/30 while wearing the special specs.