This morning ABC’s Good Morning America brought us the story of a 7 year old boy who was born without irises, a rare disease called congenital aniridia, and consequently was unable to see color and had limited vision. Last week he had surgery for an iris transplant at the Cincinnati Eye Institute. Dr. Michael Snyder and the surgical team implanted an iris prosthetic in the boy’s right eye and within 24 hours he could see colors for the first time. It also improved his overall sight. He should be receiving an iris prosthetic in his left eye in the near future.
According to the news report this is only the fourth time that this surgery has been performed in the United States. It is good to see a story like this on the national news as it brings more awareness about postive developments in eye health to the general public and to members of the optical industry. Let’s hope we see a lot more in 2009.
Resources: ABC News, Good Morning America, Cincinatti Eye Institute