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June 17, 2003

Pleasant Surprises

You can always find pleasant surprises if you know where to look...

I found one today while I was getting my glasses. Yes, I finally had an eye exam and got new glasses and contacts. While I was waiting for the "fitting," I began to browse the articles hung on the walls.

Apparently the ol' doc makes the local paper quite a bit. Hmmm. Impressive. I guess a good doctor makes for a good story in a small Cape Cod town. Then I kept reading...

The first article was about the doc and his daughter. They did some kind of Peace Corps thing together. How nice. It's good to know he's got a heart.

Then I read another article about his research. He's been involved with developing techniques to allow people with "low-level" sight (in some cases legally blind) to see well enough to function. The article focused on the elderly people he has helped who have been able to reclaim their independence along with their sight. The article used a quote from him about the connection between sight and self-esteem. I never really noticed that before, but once it was pointed out - I couldn't *stop* noticing it. Apparently he interviews the patient to see what it is that they want to be able to do... and then devises lenses with adapted telescopes to enable them to realize their desires.

Then I read the third article. It was about an albino teenager that struggled through his early years with degenerative sight. By the time he was a teen, he was legally blind. But like all teens, he wanted to drive. The doc created a special pair of telescopic glasses which enabled him to pass the DMV eye test and get a license. The interview was about the 29 year-old man that he has become - he has his own business and is quite a successful and happy man. All because he was able to drive.

What a pleasant surprise! It's nice to run into someone who is making such a tremendous difference in people's lives with the things they do...

Posted by BlueWolf on June 17, 2003 10:31 PM