Eversight Connecticut Vision Fall 2016 - Page 6

Back in action Surgeon helps patient get back to living life to the fullest When Vincent Barbieri retired he started living his life the way he wanted. He chauffeured at events, happily taking guests from destination to destination. And he loved to fish, going anywhere from Canada to Georgia to reel in the best catch. But then, something unexpected happened. Barbieri’s favorite hobbies, and even daily tasks, were being cast in a visual haze. When he drove, he always thought his windshield was dirty. He’d clean it, wiping it thoroughly, hop back in and start driving—only to realize it wasn’t any better. Barbieri knew it was time to seek help. which is a progressive, degenerative disease of the corneal endothelium—and can lead to blindness if left untreated. Dr. Cervantes determined Barbieri would need a cornea transplant to save his sight. The idea was terrifying to Barbieri, but trusting his physician, he underwent a Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) transplant on his left eye in the spring of 2015. “...after going through it, I was excited the second time around.” Following a recommendation, Barbieri, a Naugatuck resident, visited Dr. Lorenzo Cervantes at Opticare in Waterbury and was diagnosed with Fuchs’ dystrophy, The results were so positive he couldn’t wait to go back for the right eye six months later. “I had no idea what the procedure was going to be the first time,” said Barbieri. “But after going through it, I was excited the second time around. You’re not in any pain, and you’re actually cooperating as Dr. Cervantes tells you to look to the left, look to the right, keep still.” Fall 2016 | V I S I O N | Page 6 0929_CT-VISION-Fall2016.indd 6 10/13/16 11:39 AM