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Kayley Storey – who Simon Cowell reportedly once dubbed the new Adele – suffers from a degeneration condition called Stargardt Disease and began losing her vision when she was just 15. The 33-year-old started noticing her sight going when she was at school after she was unable to read the board in lessons or identify friends in the corridor.

But now thanks to a “life-changing” pair of smart glasses she is able to see her daughter Ivy crystal clear for the first time, she said.

“Words just can’t describe what it’s like to see Ivy properly,” Mrs Story – who appeared in the ITV show alongside Rylan and Olly Murs – said.

“I could see so clearly, it was magical.

“And to see my husband’s full face as well, it’s honestly life-changing. It’s blown my mind.

“It’s so isolating having a vision impairment because you’re disconnected from the real world.

“When you put these glasses on, it’s like you’re back in the room.

“You can see the people that you love and read things, and you can connect back to the world around you.”

Mrs Storey, from Gillingham, Kent was one of the first people to trial the smart glasses called OXSIGHT Onyx.

They are made by a tech startup which has worked for years to develop technology to improve the lives of people with central vision loss.

And so far the technology has worked for Mrs Story – who said they have left her able to read birthday cards for the first time in 15 years.

She added: “Macular conditions affect central vision, so it’s like having a big glittering patch over the centre of my eyes, which is like a thousand sparkles bunched together.

“We’ve wanted to have children for a while and even though Ryan is a massive support system, and he would do anything to help me,

“I was still apprehensive.”

Dr Rakesh Roshan, the firm’s CEO, said: “Our mission is to transform the lives of those living with low vision.

“Using the latest technology we can digitally enhance remaining vision, bringing greater everyday benefits for those who have been living with central vision loss for a long time.

“The feedback has been outstanding and it’s heart-warming to see Kayley’s  special moment and know that she’s found it such a life-changing experience.

“Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the biggest cause of sight loss in the

UK, affecting more than 600,000 people and with an aging population there is ever

more need for solutions to help this community.”

Cathy Yelf is chief executive of charity the Macular Society and has been supporting people with the condition for more than 30 years.

She said: “Macular disease is a devastating condition.

“While there is currently no cure, we welcome any advances in technology that can help give those living with it back the ability to see the things they miss the most.”

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