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