By Dean Smith
Special to ASSIST News Service
NEW YORK, NY (ANS) — Dr. Oliver Sacks is professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. In his book, “An Anthropologist on Mars,” he tells the intriguing story of a man who received his sight after nearly a lifetime of blindness.
Dr. Oliver Sacks
In 1991, Sacks received a call from a retired minister about his daughter’s fiancé Virgil who at 50 received his sight. Virgil was diagnosed as a young boy with retinitis pigmentosa. It is a hereditary disease that destroys the retina causing permanent blindness. This diagnosis was compounded by cataracts that were so thick that Virgil’s retina could not be seen. His doctor labeled Virgil as irreversibly blind sealing his fate.
Virgil’s fiancé Amy who was seeing an eye specialist because of her diabetes dragged her soon-to-be husband in for an appointment. After close examination, the doctor wasn’t so sure about Virgil’s genetic disease, since Virgil could see light and shadows. The doctor suggested removal of the cataracts. The cataracts were removed and incredibly after 40 years of blindness Virgil could see.
But there was a problem.
Sacks described it this way, “His retina and optic nerve were active, transmitting impulses, but his brain could make no sense of them.”
In her journal, Amy recorded her husband’s journey to normal sight.
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