A national nonprofit on Tuesday donated special technology to 10 children with severe visual impairment that cannot be corrected with eye glasses, contact lenses, or surgical treatment. The children were from the Jackson and Hattiesburg areas.

The Onyx Electronic Video Magnifiers (EVMs) and other assistive technology magnify objects up to 118 times and allow the children to read, write, groom themselves and even see loved ones’ faces more clearly, according to a press release from Sight Savers America. The technologies are usually priced around $3,000 and are not covered by medical insurance.

Dr. Glen Stribling from the Mississippi School for the Blind’s Low Vision Clinic referred the children for the technology, according to the nonprofit.

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Eric J. Shelton was a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018. He rejoined Mississippi Today as our health photojournalist in January 2022.