Lost Sight

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•  A father who was blind has an eye tissue transplant that lets him see for the first time.
•  A man whose own body attacked parts of his eye receives artificial coreneascorneas and is able to see again..
•  A musician with faulty cells in the retinas of his eyes is given gene therapy to correct his failing vision.

That's powerful medicine!

Explore the power of medicine through the true stories of people who underwent amazing ...

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•  A father who was blind has an eye tissue transplant that lets him see for the first time.
•  A man whose own body attacked parts of his eye receives artificial coreneascorneas and is able to see again..
•  A musician with faulty cells in the retinas of his eyes is given gene therapy to correct his failing vision.

That's powerful medicine!

Explore the power of medicine through the true stories of people who underwent amazing treatments to regain their sight. Find out how doctors use the latest medical breakthroughs to improve the lives of patients who lost the power to see. You'll also find tips on eye safety, as well as vivid descriptions of the eye's many parts and how they work together.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
An award winning science author and education consultant cites true stories of people who underwent amazing medical treatments to regain their sight. The latest medical breakthroughs in sight restoration are explored. The eight chapters cover different areas of vision loss and subsequent treatments, and individually contribute to the whole topic. Illustrations include photographs of actual events as well as graphic illustrations. The book succeeds well overall in the presentation of in-depth medical information and relevant vivid illustrations. The language is age appropriate and the content provides an excellent source for further research on this topic. A Glossary defines the medical terms. A Selected Bibliography provides a solid source for student research The Index provides easy navigation through the book. The book succeeds well in content relevant to the title, and is part of a six book series titled "Powerful Medicine." The other topics in the series take a singular approach to cover medical conditions which include: bad burns, faulty hearts, leukemia, shattered bones, and wounded brains. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
VOYA - Peggy Fleming
It is the subtitle—True Survival Stories—for the new series, Powerful Medicine, that will grab the attention of middle school readers. The issues covered in the titles Leukemia, Lost Sight, and Faulty Hearts can be frightening as well as life-threatening, but the author of this series, a respected science writer, has a no-nonsense approach to the facts and risks. The illustrations and photos are stunning with medically accurate captions. Real-life patients, whose photos are included in the text, are highlighted, with updates on their progress at the end of each book. For families struggling with one of these medical conditions, a young reader and an adult may want to study the book together. For others, the books suggest great career choice ideas, offer examples of cutting edge technologies, and tell stories of heroes overcoming adversity. A glossary of medical terms, a selected bibliography, Web sites, and an index complete these short but comprehensive books. This series fills the need for up-to-date books on medical topics using vocabulary that a young teenager can understand. Reviewer: Peggy Fleming
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822587019
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Powerful Medicine Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children on a variety of science topics, a nationally known science education consultant, and a former elementary science teacher. She lives in Amberley, New Zealand.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    A powerful, impressive series

    Mike wasn't born blind, but rather a tragic accident at the age of three damaged his left eye so badly it had to be removed. His other eye, unfortunately, was virtually useless. Mike's parents didn't give up hope and went in search of medical technology that could possibly restore sight to his right eye. He had two corneal transplants, spaced a few years apart, but both were unsuccessful because his "body's immune system (organs, tissues, and cells working together to protect the body) attacked the donor cornea tissue." With help Mike was able to become an independent, successful adult who could even ski. As a matter of fact, he set the record for blind speed skiing. He clocked in at an unbelievable 65 miles per hour. You'll be able to read about how specialists were able to help Mike out by transplanting corneal stem cells. There are some issues with such transplants and although they are successful it has been found that people's brains process information differently. You'll be able to read about these differences and how people with normal vision process information and how Mike experiences difficulty processing some visual information. James Ellerby, a man who lost his vision when he was seven, had also experienced an unsuccessful corneal implant. As a result, he "grew up without being able to see much more than light from dark." James was not one to give up easily and when he was in his early twenties he scoured the Internet for something, anything that could help him. Dr. Claes Dohlman had just the thing for him.an artificial cornea called the Boston K-Pro. There are many causes of blindness, yet with medical advances, some people have had their sight restored in full or in part. For example, when children are born with cataracts, the "surgeon removes the opaque lens." You'll actually be able to see Dr. Lustig at work and will see an astounding photograph of the implantation of an artificial lens. We'll get a glimpse into the lives of other people who have been similarly helped by modern medicine and technology. We'll hear Terry Byland discuss his battle with an "inherited disease, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), [that] causes the eye's light-sensitive cells to stop working," and we'll read about a "faulty gene (called RPE65)" that hindered Steven Howarth from seeing well in darkened conditions. This is a story of courageous people who lost their sight and the phenomenal medical advances that helped restore it. I enjoyed the side-by-side stories of the people who were blind or going blind and the people who worked to help them. There are some amazing microphotographs to look at as well as close-ups of surgical procedures. Photographs depicting normal vision versus what one sees if they are afflicted with retinitis pigmentosa and a full page, illustrated diagramed view of the eye are especially helpful to students. In the back of the book there is an index, a glossary, a selected bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. This is one of six books in the "Powerful Medicine" series that portrays individuals who, with the aid of modern medicine and technology, have survived. Quill says: This is a very powerful, impressive series that anyone interested in introducing technological advances in medical science to their students should consider adding to their shelves!

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