August 31, 2015
My name is Christina Sahota and I have had the privilege of working with Opportunity of
America Foundation for the last three months. We were recently introduced to the
EagleEyes Device via social media. As I researched this amazing technology I
immediately applied for our 15 year old son Jacob to see if he was a possible candidate
I was very unsure if this would work for him since Jacob is cortically blind and has no
central vision due to a traumatic brain injury during birth caused by Congenital
Hydrocephalus. Jacob is also afflicted with Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, overall
neurological delays and is nonverbal. We were told several times by different
ophthalmologists, Jacob is legally blind because he had no central vision. However, we
were also told he may have of some slight peripheral vision based on the type of cortical
blindness he has, but since he cannot verbally communicate it was nearly impossible to
know. This all changed the first time we connected him to an EagleEyes system.
The day we hooked Jacob up for the first time it was immediately apparent Jacob had
more vision than we realized. He immediately recognized the cause and effect
dimensions presented by the EagleEyes programs and loved the immediacy of the
musical and audio feedback.
Jacob has continued to improve his skill as his eyes get stronger and the cause and effect
theme is reinforced. To put this in perspective, nearly two years ago, Jacob suffered a
severe medical event which brought him to the brink of death. He was hospitalized over a
month and suffered a severe neurological setback. His recovery from this event has been
long and arduous but I am convinced the EagleEyes system has accelerated his recovery.
This system is not just a tool to help him improve but since it is fun and entertaining too,
Jacob actually looks forward to using it.
Jacob is so excited to be connected to the system and gets very frustrated if we take too
long to hook him up. His eyes are getting stronger and we have noticed him paying more
attention to the television, the I-pads, his environment and really showing signs of
intentional observation (I.E. he will pull his sister closer so he can see her I-pad screen).
His vision and eye strength have improved to such a degree that we were able to take
Jacob to the movies with his brother and sister for the first time in five years! I watched
him as he used his limited vision to follow the movements on the movie screen and react
to both movement and color variations (light/dark).
We are so pleased with this system and feel so incredibly lucky to have discovered it.
This system provides such incredible neurological stimulation and Jacobs’s whole team
feels we are only scratching the tip of the iceberg regarding the possibilities EagleEyes
In closing, we are so blessed to have discovered this amazing technology for our son and
are so excited what the future holds for Jacob.