I Just Learned About An App That Allows You To Lend Your Eyes To The Blind, And I’m Crying

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Credit: Be My Eyes App
The 'Be My Eyes' app allows volunteers to lend their eyes to people who are visually impaired, in real time.

Man, oh man, the things that we take for granted on a daily basis. I know in speaking for myself, just getting caught up in the monotony of the day and all of the million things on my To-Do list, it’s so easy to forget that much of what I am able to do daily is a struggle or impossible for the next person.

Simple things like walking to the refrigerator to make a sandwich are difficult for those in wheelchairs or getting yourself ready and dressed for the day take much more effort and energy for those missing limbs. By far one of the most difficult impairments has to be blindness. Could you imagine not being able to see? And think about your normal tasks of the day that you could no longer participate in.

In a now-deleted tweet, user ElSmoove_ shared a recent experience where he used an app to assist a blind woman pick out almond milk at the grocery store. *Disclaimer: Have your Kleenex handy.

The app is called Be My Eyes and it allows for blind and low-vision to contact people anywhere via video phone call to help them with anything they are in need of.

Am I the only one in the world that has never heard of this life-changing app?

According to the app’s site, Be My Eyes is an app where “volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.”

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

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They may need help with anything from “checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings.”

Twitter users shared their experience with the app and helping users and my heart is so freakin’ happy reading all these testimonials.

So yeah, this is pretty much my reaction:

From the looks of the comments, many people were unaware of this app and downloaded it just simply because of this thread. There definitely is power in social media. Many users commented stating that they downloaded the app and were never called, but per the site, there are currently over 2 million sighted volunteers and a little over 134,000 blind or low-vision users so it’s likely you won’t be called on a consistent basis.

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Be My Eyes is available for both Apple and Android users and it’s definitely worth the download. If you’re interested in seeing more about the app and how it works (and your emotions can handle it), check out the video below.

h/t Twitter