Barb had an increasingly difficult time doing the things she loved after she lost the sight in her left eye in 1979 due to ocular histoplasmosis. In the years that followed, she had to cope with slowly degenerating sight in her right eye due to cataracts.
It was only after her driver’s license was taken away in 2009 that she knew it was time for surgery. Barb made the visit to Dr. Lisa Gould, one of the 20 surgical ophthalmologists at the Misericordia Health Centre’s Buhler Eye Care Centre.
Barb’s eyesight was all but gone and she was wearing glasses as thick as coke bottle bottoms. She couldn’t enjoy her life in the same way anymore. She couldn’t read. She couldn’t travel. And she couldn’t take photographs.
“I felt that I waited as long as I could,” said Barb. “I could no longer read – and I live to read.” She was unable to even see the price of oranges at the grocery store.
Thankfully, Barb was able to turn to Misericordia’s Buhler Eye Care Centre , which has become recognized across the country as the largest surgical and treatment program in Western Canada. It serves more than 24,000 patients every year from around Manitoba and as far away as Nunavut.
As the MHC undergoes its latest redevelopment, eye care will become even more important as it will become home to Manitoba’s residency program in ophthalmology. This will mean that doctors will get the chance to become educated in the province and use state-of-the-art equipment. The residency program will meet the changing needs of health care as our population ages and it will help prevent a shortage of specialized doctors.
That’s great news for people like Barb: “My hope for the future is that the vision I have at the moment stays with me. The people that work at Misericordia couldn’t be better,” said Barb. “They’re everything you’d ever want from people at a health centre. They are wonderful, knowledgeable, caring and very humanitarian people.