UC Irvine Health eye surgeon describes new treatment that restored girl's vision
August 15, 2014
IN THE NEWS: Dr. Robert Lingua and Grace Nassar talk with Dr. Bruce Hensel of NBC4 about the procedure that restored the seven-year old's vision. Dr. Lingua, a pediatric ophthalmologist at the UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, is perfecting a surgery to treat nystagmus, a condition marked by uncontrollable eye movements.
Grace was three months old when her parents were told she had nystagmus. Worse, an underlying condition would eventually make her functionally blind.
By age six, Grace was studying Braille, walking with a white cane and facing an uncertain future. An acquaintance told her parents about Dr. Lingua and the eye institute. Last summer, Grace underwent a revolutionary operation to eliminate her eye movements and improve her vision.
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