In 1995, I got my first pair of contact lenses. Excited about ditching my glasses, I used to wear them all the time.
The doctor failed to notice that I had a condition called ‘dry eyes’.
Soon my cornea got irritated and infected.
My parents frantically took me from doctor to doctor. Within 2 days, my visioned blurred.
I felt like I was going blind. My uncle heard about my worsening condition.
He took me immediately to the best eye surgeon, Dr. P.S. Mehr in Agha Khan Hospital.
A minor operation was performed immediately .
The surgeon proclaimed that had I come 30 minutes later, I would’ve gone blind. Rigorous antibiotics finally cured me.
Almost 20 years later, this same uncle was diagnosed with cancer. I went to visit him after his chemotherapy session.
He was admitted in that same hospital. As I walked down the corridor, it struck me how the situation was reversed.
He was the sick one, and I had no way of cure him….
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Written by Shaheen Galaria