Laser eye surgery is becoming increasingly common, and many people are
undergoing the process in order to improve their vision. Sometimes, though,
a surgeon encounters a special case, and a patient who is unforgettable.
Adam Williamson is one of those patients.
Adam was paralyzed in a dirt bike accident. He was also far-sighted which
caused dizziness that negatively affected his balance. Working at the
computer, or studying for the finance classes he was taking caused soreness.
He struggled with glasses and contacts because they required dependence
on other people - to put the contacts in or wipe smudges off the glasses.
Adam was not a candidate for LASIK, because he was too farsighted, but
he and his parents were determined to find a solution.
Learning of the
Crystalens, they began researching it, which lead them to the Key-Whitman Center.
The Crystalens is an implant by Bausch & Lomb that emulates the human
eye by moving back and forth to accommodate both short- and long-distance
vision. Dr Jeffrey Whitman was willing to perform the surgery, but the
cost was prohibitive, and the family began to be discouraged. However,
a week later, Dr. Whitman, who has been performing Crystalens surgery
since the FDA approved the product in 2003, had some good news. Bausch
and Lomb had agreed to donate the lenses. Dr. Whitman, as part Focus on
Independence, a group of surgeons across the country who donate vision
correction operations to victims of spinal cord injuries, would donate
his time which drastically reduced his out of pocket costs.
The surgery was a success and, combined with experimental stem-cell treatments
that helped increase his mobility, has allowed Adam to pursue his dreams.
Recently, he graduated with Cum Laude honors from The
University of Texas at Dallas with a degree
in finance. Key Whitman is proud to have been a part of such a remarkable
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