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Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics, Imaging & Diagnostics, Neuro-ophthalmology

Then There Was Light

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Milena Canning suffered a respiratory infection and a series of strokes that damaged her occipital lobe – the part of the brain responsible for processing vision. When she emerged from an eight-week coma, she was completely blind. One day, when a friend brought in a gift bag, she noticed that it looked “sparkly” – the first of many experiences where she was able to report seeing motion. When she told her physicians, they suggested she was hallucinating. Someone suggested she meet with a neurologist, Gordon Dutton, in Glasgow, UK. He diagnosed it as Riddoch syndrome.

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Phoebe Harkin

I’ve always loved telling stories. So much so, I decided to make a job of it. I finished a Masters in Magazine Journalism and spent three years working as a creative copywriter before itchy feet sent me (back)packing. It took seven months and 13 countries, but I’m now happily settled on The Ophthalmologist, where I’m busy getting stuck into all things eyeballs.

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