Patience with a little boy . . .
Dr. Charlton, You likely do not remember me, as I was one of your patients back in the 1980s. I sustained a knife injury to my left eye at 22 months of age, and you treated me shortly after my family moved to Utah from Iowa. I recall frequent visits to your office as a child, and if I am not mistaken, you operated on my eye performing a cornea transplant when I was four years old. I wanted to let you know that I have had numerous ophthalmologist and optometrist complement the doctor for the work you did nearly 36 years ago. The comments I hear are how expertly the suturing was done with very little scarring, and how clear the cornea has remained with no clouding or other potential issues common with early transplants. Of additional note - they are all impressed that the surgery took place in the early 80s. I wanted to commend you on such a wonderful job and express my gratitude for your studies and expertise to provide the level of care you rendered to me. That all said, I wanted to take a moment to reach out and say thank you for making a difference in the life of a small child now grown into adulthood - all of the effort with wearing patches and hard contacts and everything else to strengthen my eyes and to prevent having a significantly lazy eye has paid off. Today, were it not for my non-circular pupil or the fact that I am highly light sensitive due to the damage to my iris from the knife wound most people do not notice. Again, thank you for your patience with a little boy. Your efforts and expertise have had a significant and positive impact on my life. Thank you”