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Alia was born with congenital cataracts. She had the lenses in her eyes removed when she was a few weeks old.  Ever since then, she had to wear very thick glasses to compensate for her eyes having no lenses of their own.  We tried contacts for a short while, but they proved to be too difficult.

We have been waiting years for her to get big enough to have surgery so artificial lenes could be implanted in her eyes.  That time has finally come.  On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Alia had a new lens implanted into her left eye, and a week later, she had her right eye done.  When she is all healed up, she will still have to have glasses, but now they will be ordinary ones like yours and mine.

We praise the Lord for the wisdom He has given our scientists and doctors to be able to do this.  Even a few years ago, children born with this problem grew up nearly blind.

On our way home after eye surgery on Alia's left eye Alia sporting sunglasses to protect her "new" eye. At night, Alia wears protection over her left eye. With both eyes done, Alia wears protective shields over her eyes at night.

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Baby Alia and her "cute" glasses.

Baby Alia and her 'cute' glasses

Alia in the fall of 2007.

Alia in the fall of 2007.

Alia's New Look

As some of you may know, Alia had congenital cataracts shortly after she was born.  The condition was anticipated, and doctors were ready to perform surgery. They removed the lenses from her eyes, thus resulting in her having to wear very thick glasses with very limited vision.  It is planned, some day, when her eyes grow to mature size, she will have artificial lenses surgically implanted in her eyes, so only minor correction will be needed with regular glasses.  In the mean time, her vision was limited to a narrow field of vision right in front of her with an eyesight of about 20/80.  Her eye doctor strongly suggested giving her contacts.  This would improve her eyesight somewhat, and give her a new look.  The very thick glasses were “cute” when she was an infant, but now that she is in the second grade, some of the more uncivilized students are taking the opportunity to use their uncivility on her.  Click the pictures to see larger views.  John

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