Experiencing the world of the visually impaired

We built the Empatheyes vision system to help professionals, care givers, medical staff and families that support people with visual impairment gain the skills they need to be both competent and confident around those they support. Our technology helps them:  

The system was originally developed with Angel Eyes NI, a charity that supports children with a vision impairment within Northern Ireland who were looking for a way to show the parents, teachers, support workers etc. of the children they support what it was like to have a visual impairment.   

Empatheyes Ltd has now advanced significantly from the original concept. Now a separate social impact company, the team have combined specialised hardware, software, and instructional material to deliver powerful visual impairment awareness training. One of the first systems of its kind, and the only VR based VI training tool, it allows for a unified instructor-led training session to take place in a VR environment with a large number of participants.   

The blend of hardware, software and training material allows participants to develop their understanding of over 30 different conditions.   

Our Team

Sara McCracken,
Founder & Director

Sara is founder and CEO of Angel Eyes NI.  She is passionate about making the world accessible for those with a visual impairment.  Sara’s vision was to create a digital solution that could replicate how the world could see through the eyes of a visually impaired child or adult to make a positive social impact and create a society that is accessible.  To make her vision a reality she has created a world class collaboration with leading technologists and clinicians.  
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Dr Alec Kingsnorth,
CTO & Director BEng PhD

Alec is a software engineer specialising in Optometry & Ophthalmology hardware and software applications. He has a research and development background in Bio-Medical Engineering, specifically Machine Vision and Instrumentation design. With over ten years in software and research, he is passionate about using cutting-edge technologies to help people better understand the impact of sight loss and visual impairment.
Prof Kathryn Saunders,
Training Consultant PhD FCOptom FHEA

Kathryn is Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at Ulster University. She established the paediatric specialty within Ulster University’s Centre for Optometry and Vision Science Research. Her team undertakes world-recognised, impactful research which focuses on improving our understanding of paediatric vision and the visual needs of children and then translating this research activity into more accessible and more targeted eyecare for children. To this end, her team have strategically developed links with clinical specialists and international centres of research excellence, including in the National Health Service. Kathryn is an Empatheyes eye clinician and provides training to clients on use of our technology for a range of health and education applications.

Board of Directors

Sara McCracken
Dr Alec Kingsnorth, BEng Phd
Dr Brian Scott BSc MBA PhD
Michael Johnston LLB (Hons) Pg. Dip IPLS
Paul Rooney Dip. Social Work, CQSW, PQSW, ASW, Pg. Dip MHSC
Seamus Carlin BSc MSc Pg. Dip MCIM

Global Partners

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Sight and Sound Technology supply our clients under an exclusive distribution agreement for England, Scotland and Wales and ROI.

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Tobii is the global leader in eye tracking and pioneer of attention computing.

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Pico is a leading VR company with independent innovation and R&D capabilities, focusing on the VR all-in-one headset market.