BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. -- It was an unforgettable moment for the mother and son.
Chris Ward's eye muscles never fully developed, making it impossible for him to see clearly, WDBJ reports.
"It's been an inspiration to me because he's never complained about it," Marquita Hackley said about her son's condition.
In the past, doctors told the 12-year-old's mother there was nothing they could do to help her son.
Recently, Chris and his mother traveled to Washington, D.C. to test out a relatively new technology called eSight.
Using special glasses, Chris saw his mother for the first time.
"Well when I saw my mom for the first time, she was pretty," he said.
It was an emotional moment for Chris' mom.
"I just broke down and cried," his mom said about the experience. "It was just amazing because he's never been able to see details like that."
Unfortunately, insurance will not cover the $15,000 glasses.
"It was kind of a low blow. Because of course it's something you'd love insurance to be able to cover or at least part of it," Hackley said.
Hackley set-up a fundraising page on the YouCaring website in an effort to raise money for the glasses.
Chris' classmates also planned to hold a fundraiser to help bring down the costs.