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Seeing Is Believing

Patient: Harry Daniels
Diagnosis: keratoconus
Sight Restored: May 1995

BostonSight PROSE patient Harry Daniels

Harry Daniels was a senior partner in a leading Boston law firm when he first walked through the doors of Boston Foundation for Sight almost 20 years ago. Severe complications from keratoconus and related corneal contact lens issues had left him barely able to read and in danger of not passing the vision test to renew his driver’s license. His quality of life — and his law career — were in serious jeopardy.

Then unexpectedly, the cornea of his left eye developed a perforation and he underwent urgent corneal transplant surgery.

While waiting the customary year or more for the transplant to heal, disaster struck again. This time Harry lost the sight in his right eye.

The prospects were grim; it would take another six months before the transplanted cornea in the left eye would have useful vision, and even that was uncertain. PROSE treatment he received at Boston Foundation for Sight enabled him to leave the Foundation’s offices with 20/20 vision in his still-healing left eye, allowing him to see better than he had in decades.

Harry has remained actively involved with BFS over the years as a patient, supporter and passionate ambassador and in 2002 he was invited to become a member of the board of directors, where he served for 8 years.

Now retired, he loves being able to improve his golf game, and when he goes skiing, his friends no longer worry that a contact lens will pop out. He vividly remembers walking outside for the first time with his new devices, marveling that he could see the texture of the pavement and the mortar between individual bricks.

During a recent visit to the Foundation Harry reflected:

"On the eve of Boston Foundation for Sight’s 20th anniversary, I have never been more proud to be part of such a remarkable community and contribute to the ongoing efforts that are making this miracle possible for more and more people every day."

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