Seeing the beautiful world around us is something that most of us can do but rarely appreciate for more than a few seconds. Gene Purdie from Denver has been legally blind as a result of Stargardt's disease for the last fifteen years. For this time, Gene hasn't been able to see more than the outline of objects and people around him. With the help of special glasses designed to aid those with certain type of vision problems, he was able to see his wife, parents, and son for the first time. You have to see this moment...
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Gene Purdie has navigated this world with a rare eye disease that only allows him to see the outline of his visual field.
In fact, he almost didn't meet his wife for the first time because of the disease. "When we actually met, he kept walking by," said his wife Joy in an interview.
"The next time I saw him I was like 'What's your deal?'" added Joy.
Throughout their relationship, Gene has tried his hardest not to let the condition affect how helpful he was able to be.
When Joy was watching the Rachel Ray show one day, she saw a woman have her vision restored temporarily with special glasses.
Well, the show responded and they were glad to have Gene and the family come on!
The glasses that would help Gene see work by first taking a video of the outside world. The images are then organized in a way that bypasses the typical problems Gene's retina has when viewing the world.
Next comes the moment of truth...
When the moment finally comes, the first person he sees is his wife Joy. On the large screen in the back, you can see what Gene is currently seeing.
When he sees his son Lincoln and Joy at the same time, he can't help but to start crying.
Joy is taken over by the moment as well.