See miracle of mum regaining her eyesight after misdiagnosis left her blind for 15 years
Imagine being accidentally left in the dark for 15 years. It was the nightmarish scenario that Connie Parke of Aurora, Colorado faced.
In 2003, Connie began to notice changes in her vision. A visit to an ophthalmologist in Montana, where she lived and worked, produced alarming news. Connie was going blind.
See the moment Connie’s 15 years in the shadows miraculously ended in the player above.
Doctors first diagnosed her with glaucoma, a condition in which abnormally high pressure on the eye damages the optic nerve. Subsequent visits to other doctors put the blame on the detached retinas, and Connie was told her condition was inoperable.
The prospect of going blind was frightening and devastating. It didn’t really make sense until Connie started hurting herself, burning her hand on the stove, or bumping into walls.
Within months, Connie lost 85% of her vision and resigned herself to her fate.
She moved to Colorado to attend a school for the visually impaired, where she learned braille and how to cope as a blind person.
Connie did her best to be as active and upbeat as she was before her eyesight went down. But in 2018, during a routine visit to the UCHealth Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center in Denver, she was stunned by an astonishing revelation.
Ophthalmologist Dr Jeffrey SooHoo told Connie she was misdiagnosed. After two cataract removal surgeries, her future suddenly looked bright.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mother’s eyesight fully restored after 15 years