SAN ANTONIO -- Through Jasmine Tovar's eyes, the world is a fuzzy, blurry place.
The eight-year-old aspiring zoologist's eyes are deteriorating from the inside out. Thanks to a partnership between Lighthouse for the Blind and Sight Saver America, though, her world is coming into focus.
Thirty kids like Jasmine were given electronic video magnifiers free of charge. The devices cost thousands of dollars and are not covered by insurance.
"It's going to help her confidence, and confidence is a big thing," Jasmine's mom, Tonya Tovar said. "With confidence, you aspire to do more."
A camera on the EVM picks up an image that's transmitted ultra-magnified to a monitor. This cuts strain on the eyes so much that someone who normally reads for just 10 minutes at a time can read for two hours. The machine also makes it easier for visually impaired kids to interact with their parents.
"It allows the parent and child to see the same thing they're looking at and point at things and both see the same things and work together on a problem," Tovar said.
With school right around the corner for Jasmine, her new EVM couldn't have come at a better time.
"With these devices, hopefully she'll get right back on track," said Tovar. "Maybe more than that, because there's nothing to stop her."