Citizen-Times | Jake Flannick
|Runners take off in a previous Run the Forest 5K. This year’s race is Saturday. (Photo: Courtesy of Asheville Eye Association)|
After being diagnosed with an eye disease, Eric Mills waited eight years before undergoing surgery.
While the disease did not immediately begin to seriously affect his cornea — the transparent outer covering of the eye — his vision eventually grew so cloudy that he stopped driving at night and during rainstorms. Artificial light became bothersome.
“It was really affecting my day-to-day life,” Mills, 50, said of the disease, Fuchs’ dystrophy. He noted that his job at the time, as a development director for a nonprofit social services organization, involved its share computer work.
Since receiving a cornea transplant in his right eye about a year ago, his vision has dramatically improved, he said.
And so in a gesture of gratitude, Mills is taking part in a run and walk through Biltmore Forest this weekend that will raise money for LifeShare of the Carolinas — the nonprofit organization that procured Mills’ cornea. The group helps procure organs for transplant and also runs an eye bank. Continue reading