Telescope glasses help girl see

April 9, 2010 5:15:13 PM PDT
When you look at 10-year-old Maya Munoz, you don't realize that she can't really see you back. Her eyes are constantly moving, preventing her from being able to lock in and focus. Even with glasses, nothing is really in focus.

"I see you," Maya Munoz said. "It's just that something's a little blurry."

She went to many doctors for the congenital problem, and no one could help.

But there was. Dr. Bhavani Iyer at the Memorial Hermann Center for Visual Rehabilitation gave Munoz telescope glasses.

They worked, and ABC 13 was there to document the first time Munoz was able to see her mother.

"Maya can you describe your mom?" Dr. Iyer asked. "Can you see her?"

"Yeah, she's crying. Now she's laughing," Munoz replied while laughingly.

With her telescopes, Munoz can not only see more clearly, but she read small lines.

"I didn't realize how much she was going to be able to actually see," Ballestas said.

Younger patients, especially those with congenital nystagmus, respond well to telescopes, Dr. Iyer said.

Munoz could see a sign a mile away.

"To be able to do it at that distance is just phenomenal," Dr. Iyer said.

For the first time, she could read a menu.

Munoz can't wear the telescopes playing soccer. She'll also need some visual rehab.

The telescopes are noticeable, but it's still a victory for a little girl who can finally see --like the rest of us.

"Yeah mommy, I see you," Munoz said.

The Center for Visual Rehabilitation is 60th of its kind in the United States.

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