‘This is a miracle’: New study finds that eye surgeries save lives
By Amy Bowerman and Amy DyerAugust 14, 2018 4:10PM EDTLEIGH SALES, N.C. (AP) “This is really a miracle,” said Dr. Alexander M. Olin, a pediatric ophthalmologist in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area who has been using the device in recent months to save lives.
Olin says it’s the first time he’s ever seen such a remarkable and immediate result.
“There was no blood loss or any damage to the retina, no scarring, no inflammation, no bleeding,” Olin said.
“The only thing that we did see is an improvement in vision.”
Olin said his son’s eye was “perfect” when he was a child, and now he sees colors like green, orange and blue.
“I don’t know if I could have gotten this with anything else,” Oline said.
But he says it might not be a coincidence that his son, who was born with severe vision problems, is now the kind of person who could benefit from this kind of technology.
“We don’t have much information about what happens in the eye after surgery, but our patient had been doing some things for months that I would say have caused some damage to his retina,” Oler said.
Olins son, Matthew, was a good student, but his eyesight began to decline.
Olins first thought it was the result of a genetic condition, but later found that the condition was a common one.
“It’s an autoimmune disease, and it’s a condition that’s very common in our population,” Olins son said.
Matthew Olin suffered with the disease for the past three years.
It took him years to see a doctor and had doctors in North Carolina who treated him until his eyes were finally saved.
“This is not a drug, it’s not an injection,” Olen said.
“These are the first things that come to mind when I think of eye surgeries, and they are the most dramatic ones.”
Olins wife, Jennifer, and his sister, Jennifer’s mother, are thrilled to see such a dramatic result, but she was also surprised.
“As an ophthalmic physician, I think that is a pretty big deal,” Jennifer Olin told the Charlotte Observer.
“And I think this is really what we should be focusing on.
We should be teaching kids about vision.”
In an effort to prevent children like Matthew from going through what Olin did, the Olin family decided to build a fund to help families like theirs.
Oins son, along with other families in the area, has made a pledge to donate $25,000 to a local organization that specializes in eye surgeries.
O’Brien Olin is still working on finding an eye care facility in Charlotte, but hopes to have a surgery done by the end of the year.