Archive for Patient Stories
Jack was born with an eye condition known as retinitis pigmentosa associated with RPE65 gene mutations. On March 20, 2018, he was treated with a newly FDA-approved gene therapy drug known as Luxturna — and the results are life-changing.
Diagnosed with a rare form of glaucoma at age 15, Alex LeClair reflects on her journey with the sight-stealing condition.
Tom Maholchic was just 25-years-old when a loud event brought on hyperacusis with pain, a debilitating condition in which everyday noises are agony.
CEO of Halen Brands and a trustee of Mass. Eye and Ear, Jason Cohen was diagnosed with tinnitus (ringing in the ears) after a bad fall while skiing. He relies on endless support from his family and his doctors, and hopes to help Mass. Eye and Ear make a difference one day.
When Katie Niemeyer was 16 years old, she had an extreme reaction to a new medication — leading to a diagnosis of Stevens Johnson Syndrome. Within days, she was hospitalized with second and third degree burns covering her entire body and given only a 50 percent chance to live. Today, she supports Mass. Eye and Ear research to tackle the devastating disease.