PATIENT STORY DISEASE & CONDITION

Chris, Cape May, NJ

“I just want to see the light again.”

Chris was on the way to Cape May from Wildwood when he suddenly lost all of the vision in his right eye at 60 mph on the Garden State Parkway.

“It was the ultimate wake-up call. I was born with cataracts but I had never experienced those ‘black floaters’ until about a month prior to the incident. My ophthalmologist immediately sent me to Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, two hours away. In the ER, a young doctor diagnosed retinal detachments in both eyes with the center of the retina (macula) hanging by a thread and that emergency surgery was required to save my sight.”

Chris was a union locksmith working in Atlantic City casinos since 1976. His eyesight was critical to his livelihood. “I prayed to Almighty God,I just want to see the light again.” Nine years later, and under the watchful eye of Dr. Carl Regillo, Chris’s vision is 20/40. “My wife Deborah and I play music on the Ocean City Boardwalk to raise money for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. I’m thankful to Wills Eye for giving me the sight to do that.”