Local patients given gift of sight after corneal transplants

News and Sentinel | Associate Press

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Being able to see the world with new eyes has become a reality for three local people thanks to recently receiving corneal transplants from a specialist in Berkeley County.

Dr. Sunil Thadani, who is an ophthalmologist with fellowship cornea training, travels from Frederick to Martinsburg every Wednesday to offer medical and surgical care for eye conditions, including corneal transplants, at Martinsburg Eye Associates located at 2002 Professional Court. Thadani completed his cornea fellowship six years ago, and he has performed many corneal transplants in Berkeley County since 2013.

Carol Rich, 58, of Kearneysville, was told she might lose the vision in her left eye if she did not receive a corneal transplant, and her eye doctor referred her to Thadani.

"I was really stunned, especially to open my eyes and realize what's going on; I mean, you just can't explain the feeling, it's just amazing," Rich said after she successfully received a corneal transplant in October of last year. "I wish I could talk to the (donor) family because my heart really goes out to them. I just wish I could do more for them." Continue reading
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