It was some time ago when I first met her. She, like many other older patients, came to my office for her deteriorating eyesight. Aging gracefully, she was outgoing, pleasant, and articulate, and other than her blindness, she was in excellent health.
She sat in the examination chair, as she recounted her story. She had a happy childhood. However, as a teenager, she contracted a severe infection in both eyes, leaving her corneas permanently scarred and legally blind. She went on to finish high school, became employed, got married, and raised a family, but her blindness persisted.
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Your conclusion contradicts nearly thirty years of clinical practice. I am a reconstructive corneal transplant specialist who has restored sight to hundreds of long-term blind patients, many from childhood accidents and adult occupational injuries.
These patients experience euphoria and delight seeing spouses and children and grandchildren for the first time. The only negative reaction has come from the mirror, which reveals age!
Your article will be used by some to deny reconstruction to long-term blind people by government agencies and insurance carriers.
This patient 's experience of agnosia is similar to the case study of Michael May and has been referred to as Moluneux's problem, first described in 1728 by William Chesleden.
Lam S. Blinded by Sight. JAMA. 2018;320(7):643–644. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2018.11125
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