I had an epiphany the other night after driving 160 miles round trip to photograph a boxing assignment. What I found out was that highways have exit and speed limit signs and was totally taken back by this! A friend mentioned they’ve been there all along but you could have fooled me!
I’ve probably mentioned before that I don’t particularly like smart phones, however, like them or not, they are here to stay. I no longer use my car GPS because it’s not up to date, so I have been using my IPhone. Up until recently, I was unable to really see the directions on my IPhone very well. So how do I account for my improved eyesight all of a sudden? This all came to be, thanks to a friend recommending eye Doctor Jeffery Liegner, a specialist in corrective eye surgery to me, telling me how truly great he was. I have to agree Dr. Liegner is truly an amazing guy and a true visionary. He came up with new protocols for eye surgery including eye drops that are put in the eye during the surgery and not needed afterwards (also a great savings.) I had cataract surgery in my shooting eye, and my vision has gone from 20 /400 and progressively worsening to now seeing better than 20/20 both day and night. Before my surgery Dr. Liegner told me I’d see colors, depth and sharpness like I’ve never seen before. I now understand what he was saying. He also gave me vision in my left eye which I had not had since I was a young child! That eye was virtually blind (or so I was previously told.) I am absolutely freaked out by the contrast, detail, and color I now see! It is so truly amazing! I take my Beret off to this very special Doctor. I also found out Doctor Liegner, donates a good amount of time helping the underprivileged as well. When I return from my trip to S. America, I plan on making a documentary on Doctor Liegner and shooting an in-depth picture story on him because I find it important I do that. I truly am a lucky man!
An additional note, Dr. Liegner is an active Pilot and is in the process of building his own plane. I’ve included one of several photos of Andrew Wright in a F-22 Raptor from the NY Airshow. Also a couple photos from one of the fights I shot that evening.
I’m pretty sure the human species including myself takes a lot for granted. The one thing I’ve not taken for granted is my vision. I don’t mean my vision for fellow man, I mean MY EYES. Oops… I really mean my EYE. Since age 5 I haven’t had vision in my left eye. Well, I had my first surgery on my left eye since I was a kid. Yesterday, I went for my 24 hour follow up and they tested me and much to my surprise I can now see the big “E” and the second line F and P, the third line not so much. I guessed at the Z but did not see the T and the O. Dr. Liegner tells me that it is a huge improvement and considering my eye was still dilated from the surgery he said it would only get better. I can now look at my watch and read the time. Who knows where I may go after this? Maybe I can learn how to play the Piccolo or become a juggler? Nah, I better stick to photography.
As I mentioned before I am the luckiest guy on the planet. I will share my first photo with my new vision. It’s a fun photo.
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There are times in a a person’s life that may result in an earth shattering major change. In a couple weeks I am scheduled to experience one of these changes.
You see, I am blind in my left eye. I was born with crossed eye and had surgery at age two to uncross my eyes. At three I developed lazy eye syndrome. I had a second surgery and a patch on my right eye to try to make the lazy eye work properly. Somewhere around 5 years old I got German measles. During that time a nurse accidentally left the blinds open which destroyed the vision in my left eye (or so I was told.) So, I have been blind from age 6 until today. Most people rarely notice because my left eye does follow light. A couple years ago, I started having problems seeing through my right eye. I was told I had a cataract. After seeing six specialists, I was told no one would do surgery on me because I only had vision in one eye which was quite devastating. Well, two years have passed and my vision has gotten worse which would be a problem for anyone let alone a one eyed photographer.
A friend of ours, Ken Ferris, a fine cameraman, had cataract surgery. JoAnne happened to run into him and in conversation mentioned to him about my eyes. He said I had to see his eye doctor! I figured it was just another waste of time and money but JoAnne insisted. A couple days later I ran into Ken at the gym. He said you have to go see my eye Doctor, his name is Dr. Liegner! Well Ken was pretty convincing. JoAnne wanted to accompany me to the office to meet this Doctor. I told her I was old enough to vote and could go by myself but once again, she insisted and she explained that she would not be sitting in the waiting room! They ran me through approximately two hours of tests with a thorough and efficient staff. I was then told the doctor was going to be in in a few minutes. He came in and asked me, “How do you see out of your left eye?” I said, “I don’t, I’m blind in that eye.” He then asked how about your right eye? He then explained that my right eye is now 20/400 and pointed out the cataract and the damage in that eye to JoAnne. First thing I’m going to do is explain to you that you left eye is perfect. There’s nothing wrong with that eye. With that I became even more confused. He said, I’ll simplify it, and explained that I did not lose my vision to German measles, I lost my vision in my left eye because my brain would not comprehend vision in the lower left where my eye pointed and that part of my brain said we’re only going to look through the right side. He then told me he could do a procedure, so I would have close up vision in my left eye and in two weeks after he would do another procedure to give me 20/20 vision in my right eye! I will see colors and shapes like I’ve never seen. The only drawback would be that I would see things 12% smaller as I’ve been wearing glasses all my life and then joked about something else probably looking smaller as well.
Well this Doctor is a true visionary and I’m truly excited and looking forward to my new lease on life!