Monday July 13, 2020

This Life: The eyes have it

Consultant ocularist John Pacey Lowrie and the Childvision campus in Drumcondra are on a mission to help Irish children who are missing an eye, writes Justine Delaney Wilson.

30th March, 2014
Katelyn Whelan: I never had two eyes the same colour before. The artificial one was blue, but always a lighter blue. [This one] feels really different. It fits properly, it's the correct size for me.' Picture: Feargal Ward

She never wore mascara around her right eye before. And this morning, just a few minutes ago, she put my mascara on it. So, to see her do that, to see her want to do that - that's enormous for me.

I am meeting Teresa Whelan within an hour of her 14-year-old daughter Katelyn being fitted with her first truly bespoke prosthetic eye. We are at Ocular Prosthetics Ireland, the new clinic located on the...

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