Dr. Chynn on Discovery Channel

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Dr. Chynn is appeared on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, a daily science magazine program highlighting new technology!

When William Watson, an employee of the Yankees and Knicks, walked into Park Avenue LASEK’s practice two months ago, he had lost all hope. Having been blinded in his left eye two decades ago because of a football accident, he had a totally white, scarred eye without a pupil or iris, so disfiguring that he always wore a hat and shades to avoid eye contact because of his “scary appearance.” William was resigned to living the rest of his life without even letting anyone take his picture because he was self-conscious. Then he met Dr. Chynn.
William noticed PAL’s “all-glass operating room” (the only one in the country) when we was walking by, watched a live LASEK from the sidewalk, and came in. Dr. Chynn immediately told him that he could not make that eye see again—but that he could change his life. Only a handful of eye surgeons in the US know how to perform a true corneal tattoo—not injecting a clump of dye into the cornea (which would only make a blotchy pupil), but to hand-craft and match the other iris exactly, using a specialized tattoo machine, to make it so realistic the casual observer wouldn’t be able to tell which was the blind eye. Dr. Chynn learned this technique from Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD, Past President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, who was his preceptor during his Fellowship in Corneal Transplantation and Refractive Surgery at Emory University.
The operation involved many steps over several days, including removing the scar with a metal blade, dissolving calcium with EDTA, polishing the surface with a micro drill to prepare the surface—and finally using a special, very fine tattoo needle, and adjusting the settings for the minimum speed and length of needle travel so as not to perforate the eye (the cornea is only 0.5 mm wide).
One month after his corneal tattoo, which was covered by Discovery Channel, William visited his family down South, and they all cried at seeing him look “normal” and happy and confident for the first time in his life.


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