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For eye care professionals

Essilor Instruments working in partnership with OrCam

21 January 2019

Essilor Instruments are working together with OrCam to bring revolutionary technology to the local high street for blind and visually impaired people.

Before OrCam there were only two other ways that blind and visually impaired people could access text; through an app on a smartphone that relied on WiFi or using a large, stationary desktop scanner. OrCam is completely portable and does not need the internet in order to work.

Orcam provides a solution that empowers people with sight loss and gives them back their independence. The key feature is its ability to read text. Just by looking at the direction of the text, or pointing a finger, it takes a picture and within a second is able to read it back to the user. Built into the device are barcodes to identify products when shopping, colour recognition, and it also stores pictures of people’s faces so they can be identified in the future.  All of this fits neatly on the arm of a pair of glasses. It is discreet and lightweight and does not require any internet connection. 

We want visually impaired people to be able to get the support they need from their local eye care professional in a familiar place. Making it easier for them to test the product at their local optician, rather than travelling to an RNIB centre or ordering online. 

Here is how it works:

1) Local independent optician buys an OrCam device through Essilor Instruments at a discount to have in practice, with display stand and POS material. 

2) An Essilor Instruments sales manager will give you an introduction of how to use the device so you can give the initial demonstration training to your patient.

3) Further training is available online for patients to access. 

4) Orcam can offer further one-to-one support and training to the patient if needed

Whether you offer a low vision clinic or not, the addition of having an OrCam in practice provides a talking point for your patients. They may have a family member that could benefit from this new technology. It also shows that your practice is at the forefront of eye care technology.   

Find out more about OrCam ›


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