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Sharon Johnson, New York City, NY

Like many former preemies – babies born before the optimal 36 weeks – I was at high risk for serious eye problems as an adult. I feared that a tear or a detachment of my retina (the thin layer of tissue on the inside back wall of the eyeball that receives and organizes visual information) would force me to abandon my career as a journalist and be marooned on the sidelines of life. The hospital where I was born suggested I consult a retinal expert, so I became Dr. MacKay’s patient in 1980. Thanks to Dr. MacKay’s detailed evaluations and explanations, my worries disappeared. When the inevitable tear developed, Dr. MacKay repaired it with a state-of-the-art laser. Much to my amazement, my vision is excellent, enabling me to continue to work and enjoy my hobbies of reading fiction and enjoying art. Every day, I am grateful for Dr. MacKay’s outstanding care.