When a woman named Joy was watching a segment on Rachael Ray of a woman with Stargardt disease seeing her sister’s smile for the first time in five years, Joy was moved and had an idea. She wrote to the Rachael Ray show and explained how her husband, Gene, suffers from the same condition as the woman on the show, who was given a special pair of glasses in order to see clearly.
Stargardt disease is a disorder associated with the retina. The disease makes it the patient’s vision extremely blurry, making seeing things close up very difficult. Although according to the National Eye Institute, the disease rarely leads to total blindness, Stargardt disease is degenerative and the majority of people with it slowly progress to 20/200 vision or even worse, which is considered legally blind.
Despite suffering this progressive disease, Gene lives a full life. He enjoys cooking.
And enjoys spending time with his family.
The producers from the show contacted the family and after years of doctors telling Gene there was no cure and no chance he could ever see better, the couple couldn’t wait to get on the show with Rachael and try out the glasses.
Once on the show Gene tried on the glasses and his reaction to seeing his wife was perfect.
“Wow. She’s pretty!”
To see their entire story, watch the video below.