Eyeglass company works to give children vision of hope


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A 6-year-old girl from Lansing who suffers from a nerve disorder in her eyes is trying to raise money for glasses to help her see.

Katalaya Nance can only see certain colors like red, black, and white. Her disorder cannot be cured, but it can be corrected with a new set of lens, which is why her family is taking a different route to help change her life for the better.

Going to school, dancing to music, and playing with her brother and sisters are just a few things Katalaya Nance loves to do. Although she may think and act just like any other 6-year-old, she’s uniquely different.

That’s because she doesn’t quite see the world in the same way. When Nance was just four months old, she was diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia making her legally blind.

“It was hard but we got through it with all of our family and friends’ support,” said Alexis Woodard, Katalaya’s mother.

Woodard says receiving the diagnosis wasn’t exactly easy and between hospital stays and balancing the day-to-day with her other children, it’s been hard on their family.

“It was hard when I had to leave my other kids to go to Ann Arbor with her for a few days, and I would have to leave her for a few days to go back home with our other children,” said Woodard.

But now, even though Nance’s vision has improved since she was an infant, she still has a hard time, which is why her family is trying to raise money to get electronic glasses to help her vision become more clear.

“The things she’s scared at, I want her to be able to see them so she knows she doesn’t have to be scared of them,” said Woodard. “Like a cat or a dog or stuff like that. You don’t have to be scared. If she can see it she can understand it better.”

Understanding what’s around her is something this mother wants for her daughter’s future.

“She’s going to come home one day and be like ‘Mom, I did this, this and that and saw this, this and that’ and I just, I don’t know, I just think it would be a good, happy moment for us,” said Woodard.

Nance is one of thirteen children who are hoping get a pair of these electronic glasses. eSight Eyewear, the company that makes them, is leading the fundraising effort.

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