My Insurance Policy
Patient: Rami Blum
Diagnosis: ocular trauma
Sight Restored: November 2010
It was 1974 and Joram “Rami” Blum was a young man of 18, serving his mandatory military service in Israel, when his life was abruptly changed by a flying piece of shrapnel. The jagged piece of metal struck Rami in the face, immediately blinding his left eye. Rushed into emergency surgery, Rami would spend the next six months in the hospital and endure a second operation, this one to remove his natural lens. He eventually regained some limited vision, but his life was forever altered. He had to stop playing sports, which was very difficult for the active young man. Studying and reading were much harder and more time consuming, and many daily functions became a struggle.
For the next 36 years, Rami tried both hard and soft contacts in an effort to improve the vision in his left eye, with little success. He lived a full life - moving to the United States, becoming a successful entrepreneur, and raising a family - but still he worried about what would happen to him and his family if anything ever went wrong with his good eye. He saw various doctors over the years but was always told that there was nothing that could be done to help him.
Fortunately, in 2010, his ophthalmologist told Rami about Boston Foundation for Sight, and for the first time in years he dared to hope. Soon afterwards he completed PROSE treatment with Dr. Lynette Johns, and now, for the first time in 35 years, he can see clearly with both eyes!
“This is my insurance policy. If anything ever happens to my right eye I know I will still be able to see.”
“This tragic injury happened when he was so young. We are extremely pleased to be able to give Rami back his sight all these years later,” added Dr. Johns.