Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
December 9, 2002 by Janet Wu
Boston-- For most people, contact lenses help clear up blurry vision. But imagine a Lens that actually restores lost sight. That's the reality of a new type of lens developed for some patients with corneal disease.
Little Ian seems like a typically active boy. But recently his life was quite different. said Ian’s mom, Helen Alastaire. "He couldn't see. He just couldn't live his life. He stayed indoors with a Pillow over his head to protect his eyes."
A bad reaction to a common antibiotic left him blind and in pain. But a special contact lens developed in Boston has restored his sight. "This lens can help patients who are blind or disabled from diseases of the Cornea,” says scleral lens inventor and ophthalmologist Dr. Perry Rosenthal.
The cornea is the clear tissue over our eyes. Like a camera lens, we focus through it. So when it's damaged, people cannot see. Much larger than a standard contact, the scleral lens fits completely over the Cornea, creating a new clear surface through which the eye can focus.
"It’s like a miracle,” says Dr. Rosenthal. “People, who haven't been able to see for years, for decades, all of a sudden put on this lens and they can see."
Today they gather at a special lunch to thank Dr. Rosenthal and support his research. "All of a sudden it didn't hurt all the time to open my eyes and I could see without sunglasses," says Marcia Conners, who was blinded by illness.
"He just looks around and it's like he's in wonderland all day every day," said Helen Alastaire. One patient gives doctor Rosenthal a fitting gift, the white cane she no longer needs.
About 100,000 people are affected by corneal diseases that leave them blind. Currently, the scleral lenses are not covered by insurance.