Fereti Gets New Lease On Sight Thanks To Generous Docs

Carol Chang
Wednesday - January 06, 2010
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Kingston Fereti (right) can see clearly out of both eyes now, thanks to Dr. John Olkowski (left) and optometrist Dr. Elise Louis. Photo from Dr. Olkowski.

Highlands Intermediate student Kingston Fereti caught a stick with his left eye last spring, which caused all kinds of damage. But it set off a chain of events that saved his eyesight and brought out the best in people who are part of our beleaguered healthcare system.

Today, instead of losing vision, Fereti has acquired a fancy intraocular lens and is looking forward to years of playing sports unencumbered by wearing glasses.

The delicate operation, performed Dec. 16 by a Honolulu ophthalmologist, implanted a state-of-the-art Crystalens, which was donated by Bausch & Lomb. Drs. John Olkowski and Elise Louis (optometrist) of Eyesight Hawaii also donated their services to Fereti, whose family could not have afforded the $4,000 lens implant and surgery fee on their own. (Their insurance would not have covered it.)


 

“It was an extremely challenging surgery to a traumatic injury, and I am very pleased to say it went very, very well,” said Olkowski, who also performed the first such operation in Hawaii more than five years ago.

Fereti also is one of the youngest patients to receive such an implant to replace a cataract, which developed following the freak accident. The flexible lens allows him to see better at all distances.


Added Olkowski: “Kingston is a wonderful young man that I hope can get back to being an active and healthy 13-year-old.”

 

 

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