Envisioning life better

Kelly Tyko

Jared Haggerty received the gift of sight in time for the holidays.

Haggerty, a legally blind third-year student at FAU, gained 20/20 vision when he slipped the Jordy2 – a space-age visual device – over his eyes on Dec. 19 in a media conference.

“This is the best I can remember seeing,” said Haggerty, 22, who has been visually impaired since the age of 13 months when cancer began taking a toll on his sight. Cataracts and a juvenile form of macular degeneration followed – and he was left with 20/400 vision – just able to see shadows and the outline of objects.

The sight enhancement device comes courtesy of Rotary International and, specifically, the Jupiter-Tequesta Sunrise Rotary Club, which paid for the $4,000 high-tech apparatus. Club members raised the money through their Angel Donor Vision Program.

Over the past few years, the Boca Raton resident has benefited several times from the generosity of the Jupiter-Tequesta Rotary Club, which funded the $4,000 gift through its Angel Donor Vision Program.

Named the Jordy2 after the “Star Trek” character who sees through an eye band, the state-of-the-art device uses miniaturized TV technology to magnify objects up to 25 times and displays the images on postage-size screens in front of each eye.

Dr. Scott Hearing, a Rotary Club member and low-vision specialist at the Stuart Eye Institute in Jupiter and Stuart, prescribed the Jordy2. The clinic has provided Haggerty with a free evaluation of his vision loss and training in how to use the various devices he has received from the

“My payment for Jared will be a copy of his diploma,” said Dr. Hearing.