Patient stories

  1. Mackenzie’s vision: Coordinated care, rapid treatment restore child’s eyesight

    When Mackenzie Chicos, an active 8-year-old from Owatonna, Minn., woke up for school one morning seeing spots in her left eye, her family didn’t suspect that anything could be seriously wrong. It was — and her vision was at risk. On that day in September 2010, Mackenzie went to school as usual. She mentioned the [...]

  2. Sandy Blue

    Rare Arthritis No Match for Woman Determined to Save Her Eyesight

    (written by Raquel Rivas - Mayo Clinic in Florida) When most of us think about eye problems, we think about a trip to the eye doctor for a new eyeglass prescription. But for Sandy Blue, a rare eye condition posed a mystery that almost left her blind. Blue, then 44, first noticed red streaks in [...]

  3. Second Opinion Leads to a Second Chance at Sight

    Audrey Dean has been a lifelong advocate for social justice. After a notable career in social work, she earned a law degree and became senior counsel for the Alberta Human Rights Commission in 1992. At age 75, she is still arguing cases — some before the Supreme Court of Canada. “It’s fortunate that the government [...]

  4. Walking by Faith, and Now by Sight

    In many ways, Jenny Peterson was like other mothers of young children. She cooked and baked, cleaned and washed clothes, and cheered her children on from the sidelines of their activities. In one significant way, though, Jenny was different: She did all of these things without sight. Jenny lost her vision in 1976, after having [...]


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