Teenager Kingston Fereti is a keen American football player but a freak eye accident put his ability to play the sport in jeopardy, reports khon2.com.
An accident with a stick while he was at school left him with a scratched cornea and lens in his left eye and he was immediately taken to hospital where he had surgery carried out on the same day. But after the surgery a cataract developed and gave him cloudy vision.
A cornea transplant would have meant that he would not be able to carry on playing his favourite sport, so Dr John Olkowski from Eyesight Hawaii decided to implant a special kind of lens into his eye.
The lens, called a crystalens, cleared his vision and unlike usual lens implants allowed him to focus at different distances. The lens was donated by contact lens manufacturer Bausch & Lomb and the surgery was carried out for free.
Contact lenses have been prescribed to children with cataracts at paediatric eye surgery centres in the US to help their eyesight develop properly.
by Adrian Galbreth