Beating blindness, "I'm glad I met him before it was too late"

Stilwater man finds hope in sight-saving procedure.

A Stillwater man recently got the gift of eyesight.

A Dean McGee eye specialist tells Fox 25 they helped revive vision for one man and will perform surgery live on another patient to help revive their eyesight.

During a press conference Thursday morning, Dr. Mahmoud Khaimi describes the surgery for glaucoma as a minimally-invasive procedure. He said if you don't catch the disease at an early stage, the possibility of going blind is very high.

43-year-old Leon McClinton told Fox 25 he had discomfort in his right eye. This is the same eye that had been scratched earlier while playing basketball years ago. He made an appointment with an eye doctor and they told him he would lose vision in his right eye. McClinton was told they could possibly save his left eye. He shared the news with his colleague's at OSU. They told him to get a second opinion at Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Khaimi suggested doing the surgery right away.

“I knew that he was a great candidate for ab-interno Canaloplasty because there is very minimal post-operative lifestyles modifications,” said Dr. Khaimi. “In fact, there's really none. So I knew that if we can get the pressure under control of the disease while he's a young man, he can carry on his life and not have any issues.”

“He did the surgery on the right eye and I have not had any problems,” McClinton said. “I played badminton twice a week with my supervisor without glasses.”

McClinton told Fox 25 he had surgery on his left eye in February and said he hasn't had any problems since then.

Dr. Khaimi said the long term expectations of this procedure is no longer having to use eye drops for glaucoma.

The surgery on another patient will be streamed live Tuesday at noon. Eye specialist said this will help launch the procedure internationally.

Here's the link to the live stream.

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