Seeing is Believing - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Shreveport -- December 4, 2002

Seeing is Believing

Vision loss can come with age, or be caused by a variety of genetic diseases .and it's often  irreversible. But for one condition in particular, reversing vision loss is no problem medically speaking...it's a problem of supply and Demand.

Hilda holden says her poor vision began to affect her work.  "i was at the point where i couldn't pick this up and read it, so, i was here at work, and i mean, i was literally having to go get people to read this stuff or i was having to go up to my nose."

 Hilda was legally blind.and for  years, had struggled with infections, irritation and ever-deteriorating vision. she and her doctor, Carol clemons determined her only option was a corneal transplant. "she had a condition called karataconus, which is a thinning of the cornea, and that made it impossible for her to see well with lenses or contact lenses."

 Hilda's operation was a sucess. "it's just been remarkable! i mean, i could not see. By that time out of my left eye, i could not see 2 fingers in front of my face, if you help up 2 fingers, i could not tell what was there, and i'm now seeing about 20/80 out of that eye. I started seeing very well the very next day "

 For hilda, seeing is believing -- but only after waiting for months for a donor cornea. Dr. Clemons says  the need for corneal transplants is quite tough thanks in part to misconceptions.

dr. Clemons says there's an average 4 to 5 month wait for a cornea in the ark-la-tex.

But once one becomes available, patients can be in and out of the hospital with their new cornea --in less than a day.

 

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