A transplant at age 7 changed Alejandro's life.
When Alejandro Ortiz was a baby, his parents were concerned. He had blue eyes— though no one else in his family did — and he cried hysterically in the sunlight.
Eventually, Alejandro was diagnosed with a rare corneal condition called congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy, which made his eyes sensitive to light and blurred his vision. Within a year, Alejandro's vision began deteriorating faster than anticipated — doctors said without treatment he would soon become fully blind.
His parents chose corneal transplantation, and Alejandro underwent the procedure at 7 years old. It was a success: He recovered quickly, and his vision was clearer than ever. Alejandro was thrilled to see bright colors, read books, and join a baseball team.
Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy (CHED)1
- Blurs vision by clouding and thickening the corneas in infancy
- Vision loss can range from mild haze to opaque, milky appearance
- CHED sufferers are just a portion of the 6 in 100,000 people with congenital corneal opacities
1. Corneal Dystrophy, Congenital Endothelial . University of Arizona Health Sciences website. http://disorders.eyes.arizona.edu/disorders/corneal-dystrophy-congenital-endothelial-1. Accessed September 14, 2016.