Saturday, July 30, 2011

After a life of blindness, Hastings woman gains sight | The Hastings Star-Gazette | Hastings, Minnesota

“He told me the same thing all the rest of them did,” she said, but this time was different.

The doctor was open about how risky the procedure would be, how long her recovery would be and that there were no guarantees the surgery would work. But he had a sense of confidence the other doctors lacked.

“I didn’t have anything to lose,” Hood said.

Without surgery, she would eventually lose her vision entirely, she explained, and even when she couldn’t see anything, she would still have the pain.

In February, Hood had a corneal transplant done in her right eye. In June, the same procedure was done on her left eye. So far, the results have been worth the risk.

When she woke up from surgery and her doctor took the bandages off her eyes, the first thing she saw was her brother and one of her sons, and for the first time she could see them clearly.

“It was the first time I’d seen what they really look like,” she said.

Before the surgeries, Hood had never been able to see what people looked like or the expressions on their faces. In recent years her vision had deteriorated to the point where she couldn’t tell where the chairs were in the doctor’s waiting room, or if there was a person sitting there. She had to have help getting around.

“I couldn’t tell people apart unless I heard them talk,” she said.

Now she can see the patterns on her dishes, the texture of her food, she can see the television and read the directions on her appliances. On Sunday she was able to play bingo and go-fish with her grandchildren.

As well as having her vision restored, Hood has had the pressure from her glaucoma relieved.

“I haven’t had any pain at all since I woke up from surgery,” she said.



After a life of blindness, Hastings woman gains sight The Hastings Star-Gazette Hastings, Minnesota

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