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Experimental Surgery Could Restore Sight



    Jerilyn Koskan makes history as the first person in the world to get an experimental surgery. (Published Tuesday, March 1, 2011)

    The eye is one of the most amazing and complex parts of the human body, and for most people the thought of going blind is truly frightening.
    For Jerilyn Koskan, who had already lost much of the vision in her right eye, a retinal detatchment in her left was a big blow.  It robbed her of the ability to drive, read and do most of what she loved.

      After 10 surgeries, she worried she'd never see again.  Then opthalmologist Dr. Calvin Grant offered a novel, experimental procedure that would connect a certain portion of her brain to her eye and potentially bring her vision back.