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The Eye -See Past the BS

Jessica Alba

I’ll start off with something recent The Eye. Sydney played by Jessica Alba receives a more than miraculous corona transplant that allows her to see the spiritual realm. I have no problem with them bringing up corneal transplants, often referred to as corneal graphs. That is real procedure, uncommon because most patients are better suited with custom contact lens.

The first thing that began to bother me was the recovery time. After a few weeks of bloodshot eyes and blurred vision Sydney was seeing crystal clear. According to a studyThe healing process following transplant is long, often taking and year or longer. The time from surgery to the removal of the stitches is commonly 6 to 17 months“.
There was one line that really killed my guest and myself. Sidney stated that she rejected the first graft she received when she was a child. Again according to Troutman and Lawless, that is not completely unbelievable, nearly 11% of patients have this problem with one or both eyes.

The psychiatrist played that off responding that stem cells had made it now possible. I am really surprised that line made it past writers, editors and directors all naive enough to let that appear on screen further misinforming the public in lieu of good storytelling. “Recent scientific developments have shown promise for people suffering from corneal blindness and transplant failure. The advent of artificial and bioengineered corneas may open the world of vision to many struggling to cope without sight.” I still have a problem with this, laws on stem cells limit the number and testing; the truth being testing is way behind this miracle transplant presented to be viable.

2006-NOV-10: U.S./UK: Major breakthrough in overcoming blindness: A joint Anglo-American medical team at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, England has successfully transplanted adult stem cells from the eyes of normal mouse fetuses into the eyes of blind mice. The stem cells developed into mature photoreceptors in the retina and transmitted signals to the brain. The scientists believe that clinical trials on blind people could start in ten years. Scientists hope that they will eventually be able to use embryonic stem cells or adult stem cells from within the person’s eye and avoid the problem of tissue rejection.

We are still at least eight years from this procedure having any possiblity in the real world.

Movie Kisses

After some deep consideration I decided to reboot my efforts to make a half interesting blog. That being said I realized the plights of my social and academic life interest only myself and a select handful of my good friends. I do live in a world saturated by the ever changing media world. I am a viewer, a distributor (that might be a stretch in some people’s eyes) and a student with high hopes of some kind of career dealing with the media.

Although my job 99% of the time is full time babysitter to a bunch of sixteen year olds , I am required to be an articulate critic and manage some promotional material. I find a lot of the time I can notice something in a movie, play, song, etc that others don’t and I have wanted a platform where I can make my arguments.

I am not a history buff pointing of the number of historical inaccuracies in The Patriot, to which there are a lot. I am not arguing that the movie industry has to be correct about every fact, it’s entertainment, not a history or science classroom. I just know when something doesn’t feel right.