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Man's sight restored 66 years on

7th April 2008

Over 65 years after he lost the sight in one eye, an 87-year old man has had his vision restored by a surgeon at Glasgow's Southern General hospital.


John Gray suffered serious injuries during a German attack on Clysedale during the Blitz in 1941 and was informed at the time that he was totally blind in his right eye.

Doctors examined his old injury after he began to go blind in his left eye. A surgeon, Dr Ian Bryce, was able to replace the lens in his right eye and Mr Gray has been given sufficient sight to try a driving test.

Many years earlier, an optometrist had examined the injury and told Mr Gray that his retina was undamaged - it was only the lens that had been injured. However, it was dangerous to try to repair it as his brain might have forgotten how to "see" through the eye.

The optometrist advised Mr Gray that he should consider his right eye as a "spare". In 2007, when he was diagnosed with macular degeneration in his left eye, Mr Grey decided to consult a specalist.

Dr Ian Bryce took out the scar tissue from Mr Gray's right eye and replaced it with an artificial lens. Mr Gray's brain was able to "see" through his right eye and he has been given glasses.

"I couldn't be more pleased," he stated. "I've got vision and I can read to a certain extent".

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