THE GIFT OF VISION
GIFT OF SIGHT
Just as paint fades with time, vision gradually dulls for individuals who develop cataracts. At the age of 51, Jacksonville ophthalmologist Jeff Levenson, M.D personally experienced this effect of cataracts. Dr. Levenson found himself in need of the same operation he has performed almost 20,000 times throughout his 25-year career. When it came time for his own surgery four years ago, Jeff was unafraid as the surgeon’s hand was placed on his forehead and the light beamed into his eyes. “I knew the surgery would clear my sight; what I didn’t know was the extent of my vision loss before surgery.” Although he’d heard his patients talk for years about the vividness of colors after surgery, he was nonetheless shocked as he peered through his new lenses at an explosion of nature’s vivid blues, greens and a full rainbow of colors.
“My personal encounter with cataracts gave me a glimpse into what patients experience when they cannot afford the surgery. Fear deepens as their world darkens a little bit more each day. They gradually lose the ability to read or drive, and they face increasing difficulty caring for themselves and their families. Now, more than ever, I want to be instrumental in erasing that fear by restoring their sight and improving their lives.