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Man regains vision after losing it in fall

We recently came across a remarkable story of a man who regained his sight following a fall. The man, a boat retailer, lost his sight after taking a wrong step and falling 10 feet to the ground; it was then that his vision went out completely in one eye.

Optic nerve damage that results in impaired vision is often caused by a brain injury sustained in a car accident or other traumatic incident. The impaired vision can be induced via either direct or indirect contact with the nerve. The optic nerve is the main line of communication between the eyes and brain.

The man lives far from La Crosse, in Miami, Florida. There he sought the attention of vision specialists at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami. While damage to the optic nerve and subsequent loss in vision can generally not be reversed, doctors found something that made this man's case a little different.

Inch-long chunks of wood were still embedded in the man's eye socket, some of them pressing against the optic nerve to disrupt the communication between the eyes and the brain.

Doctors are able to treat patients who are experiencing pressure on their optic nerves using a surgery called lateral canthotomy, which requires an incision between the eyelids to help relieve the pressure.

Doctors still wonder how the chunks of wood could remain there and go undetected by the man. Expecting never to regain vision in his eye, the man could again see in 20-40 vision once doctors removed the wood.

Similar optic nerve and brain injuries are unfortunately far too common among car accident victims, who then afterwards require extensive medical care, surgeries, physical therapy and compensation to pay their medical bills and other expenses.

Source: WNDU:Man regains sight after fall damages optic nerve by Maureen McFadden: July 22, 2011

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