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Saturday, May 21, 2016

After 15 years, Don O’Neill can see again

Don O'Neill sits perfectly still while the doctor pulls stitches from his left eye. (Josh Kerns, KIRO Radio)
MY NORTHWEST | Josh Kerns

A Seattle-based nonprofit is the only global health organization dedicated to eliminating corneal blindness in the U.S. and around the world.

“Your vision starts with your cornea. It is what lets light into your eye to be ultimately processed by your brain,” said Monty Montoya, President and CEO of SightLife.

Thanks to amazing medical advances, surgeons and organizations like Sightlife are making science fiction science fact.

“Here in the U.S. we do about 50,000 cornea transplants a year to restore sight to people. There are about 150,000 transplants worldwide,” Montoya said.

Seattle-based ophthalmology specialist Dr. Walter Rotkis was one of the first to perform the revolutionary procedure in the Northwest and remains one of the nation’s leading eye surgeons. Continue reading
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