Doctors believed that Connie, 59 years , had glaucoma when she rapidly lost her sight more than a decade ago. But then in 2018 an ophthalmologist diagnosed cataracts – one of the most common and treatable vision problems in adults.
Connie, who lives in Colorado, saw halos and light prisms while driving in 2003 and went to a doctor who told her she had glaucoma. Three weeks later, she lost more vision and peripheral vision.
Doctors believed that her eyesight was inoperable. She went blind. Determined not to be stopped by her condition, Connie continues to do the things she once loved such as skating, kayaking, camping, and attending sporting events and concerts.
“I was so happy to be in the nosebleeds screaming my lungs out and not seeing anything,” she said.
“I’m just living my life as best I can, like I did before I lost my sight.”
However, she found it difficult to adjust some things.
“I wasn’t sure how to use a stick and I kept walking through the bushes,” she said. “I have to have someone by my side when I’m cooking to make the food look good. I can’t vacuum and have to sweep the model. “
Then, three years ago, she underwent an operation that changed everything in her life.
Her right eye was operated on in November 12.
“When they removed my bandage the next day, the first thing I saw were the nurse’s eyebrows, eyelashes and pupils, and I started crying,” Connie said. “He told me to read the card and the first line I read was 20/20.
“I did a second eye and right after Thanksgiving I saw 20/20 from both eyes.”
Connie’s guide dog Talulah Mae is now acting like a regular dog. He also works as a departmental employee at UCHealth.
She managed to see her eldest grandchild for the first time since childhood and her eight other grandchildren for the first time.
“The eldest doesn’t look anything like she looked when she was three weeks old,” Connie joked.
Then there is the beauty of nature that stretches out to behold.
“I got to see all the flowers sprouting and the trees growing leaves,” she said happily.
“People get annoyed to see grass grow, but if you don’t see grass for years, you will see it grow.”
To see your husband again? Connie said, “He’s still the most beautiful man ever and I still love him so much.”
Now she looks forward to the vacation the couple spent when she was blind.
“He took me to the Oregon coast, Yellowstone, and the Rocky Mountains.” Now I just want to experience it again,” she said.
“Well, I want to go see it.”