John Jameson lost his vision more than 40 years ago. Now he can see again. How did this happen?
I remember watching The Six Million Dollar Man when I was a kid I in the seventies. If you’re not old enough to remember, the TV series was about Steve Austin, an astronaut involved in a horrible crash. Doctors and scientists were able to save him using robotic technology. After his recovery, he had incredible strength and speed. And, superior vision. That was my favorite part.
Fast forward several decades. The FDA has recently approved various forms of bionic eyes. The general term “bionic eye” describes technology that allows people with poor vision to see again. This includes retinal implants and miniature telescopes, among other technologies.
A Sight Restoring Surgery
According to an article on KYTX CBS19’s website, John Jameson regained his sight thanks to an implantable telescope. He lost his vision the same decade Steve Austin was fighting bad guys on TV. A fungal infection and a failed laser surgery took most of his sight.
The surgeon, Christopher Shelby, M.D. of WK Eye Institute in Shreveport, Louisiana, is one of the few surgeons who can do the procedure.
About four hours after his surgery, Jameson and his wife Deborah went to lunch. Although she usually reads the menu to him, he took it from her and read it himself. He hasn’t done that in over twenty years. Even though he still struggles some with double vision, he improves daily.
He says every day he wakes up is like Christmas morning. Here are a few other things he had to say after the surgery:
- “The world is much prettier than I even imagined.”
- “I got to see actually how beautiful she [Deborah] was.”
- “Every day I open my eyes and I’m anxious – what can I see today that I couldn’t yesterday?”
John Jameson lived for decades with very poor vision, through no fault of his own. But notice what he did:
- He kept a positive attitude.
- He practiced appreciation.
- He used his imagination to enjoy the beauty of the world around him.
- He kept a good sense of humor (he even joked that he and Deborah’s first meeting was a “real blind date”).
It sounds like John was living the visual lifestyle in spite of his vision loss. Now think about yourself. Your vision is likely better than John’s. If you enjoy clear vision, you should be doing what it takes to keep it that way.
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Question: If you received a science fiction style bionic eye, what would you want to see first? Get creative, and answer in the comments section below.
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