Blind for 68 years, Pierre-Paul Thomas can now see thanks to a surgical procedure completed a few months ago by a team from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), led by Dr. Dev Cheema from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology.

“It was always foggy as if there was always something in front of my eyes,” explained Mr. Thomas.

Since birth he has barely been able to see, and what little he could see always appeared grey. But, after undergoing a surgical procedure last February 8 his life has suddenly become full of colour.

“I saw clearly. Oh! My Lord! I am not sure if you are aware but I didn’t believe it! I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said.

Despite being declared blind at birth by l’Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, Mr. Thomas underwent a surgical intervention at the age of five and testing at Hôpital Sainte-Justine during adolescence. The doctors “never saw what was there,” he recalls.

Read the full article in the Journal de Montréal (French only).

July 25, 2013