Blurry vision. Serious risk.

At first, Toronto artist and graphic designer David Goldberg thought he’d strained his eyes. When his blurry vision persisted for weeks, he made an appointment with his optometrist, fearing it might be more serious.

Seeing something on David’s retina, the optometrist referred him to St. Michael’s. David called his father, a former Chief of Medicine at a Hamilton-area hospital, for a second opinion. “My dad was known as the diagnostic Sherlock Holmes. So when he said, ‘St. Michael’s is the best,’ I knew I’d be in good hands.”

David saw Dr. Rajeev Muni at St. Michael’s Eye Clinic. When Dr. Muni confirmed that only one of his eyes was affected, David realized he could close that eye and see clearly with the other so that he could continue working —at least for now.

At his follow-up appointments, David recalls how Dr. Muni patiently explained that it’s best to begin with non-invasive treatments. By this time, David’s vision was so distorted that he was willing to try almost anything to correct it.

Thankfully, Dr. Muni’s diagnosis wasn’t the untreatable condition that David had feared. Instead, David was suffering from retinal vein occlusion, a blockage that causes swelling that distorts vision.

With the medicine I was given, my sight is perfect and Dr. Muni says eventually my eye may even heal permanently. I’m so grateful to St. Michael’s. — David Goldberg, St. Michael's patient

DID YOU KNOW?

The research and clinical trials conducted by the Ophthalmology department at St. Michael's continue to expand the boundaries of knowledge and care to preserve the sight of patients. Here are examples of a few of the extraordinary projects St. Michael's ophthalmologists are involved in:

  • Establishing a retinal simulation centre
  • Designing improved surgical instruments
  • Developing new imaging techniques and therapies for dry macular degeneration
  • Writing international ophthalmology disease management guidelines

If you'd like to support their work or fund state-of-the-art equipment to advance eye care research, please call St. Michael's Foundation at 416.864.5000 or make a donation online today.