That is an odd title I know, but there is a story behind it. From the time I was 2 years old, I went up to San Francisco and saw an ophthalmologist named Dr. Jampolski. He always said that I had been his patient since I was small enough to fit in a shoe box.
He would schedule all day appointments for me and have doctors and residents from all over the world come to see my eyes. Being a very small child, and having 20 or 30 strangers all looking into my eyes was quite a lesson in learning how to be patient.
He did that because I had so many different eye problems in one set of eyes. I have been written up in many medical journals and textbooks to help teach eye doctors. I am happy that all those hours sitting and having my eyes examined, has led to research that has helped so many other patients with their eyes over the years.
A more personal and direct example of the research on my eyes helping someone else is my cousin Scot, (who is 11 years younger than me). He also saw Dr. Jampolski on my mother’s recommendation, and they were able to do more for his eyes based on the data collected on mine. That is a really good feeling.