Midlands man gets a new view on life

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – What would it be like to see only half of your life unfolding in front of you?

“It felt very sad. It was feeling like I had lost a part of myself,” said Roque Vasquez.

Vasquez has been living three years with a rapidly progressing cataract in his left eye.

Thanks to American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Midlands man got to undergo a surgery Wednesday to restore his vision, which was performed by Dr. Bethany Markowitz of Palmetto Health who supports the organization to help those in need.

“They specifically allocate the money for any volunteer surgeons that want to do free cataract surgery for the under-served population,” said Dr. Markowitz.

The procedure only took about 30 minutes, but made a difference for a lifetime. “He was looking through brown, frozen coffee and was legally blind in his eye and now he’s not,” said Ophthalmology resident Keri Allen.

Vazquez is now excited not only to get back to work and see the world, but most importantly to look at his family, “To be able to see better, to look at my little grandchildren; today happiness has returned,” remarked Vazquez.

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