“I’m just looking forward to not having to reach up and pat around the table for glasses when I get up in the morning to see where I’m going,” rejoiced Charlie on the success of the treatment. He got foggy eyes at the age of seven when he caught a severe fever. Since then, he has been struggling with his poor eyesight.
The eye surgery was on the 3rd of April and you can already see him singing Easter chants, a week later, at a church in Murfreesboro. The Smart Eye Surgery is the latest method of treating cataract, which expedites the recovery process. Charlie Daniels had the treatment of his left eye on Tuesday and of the right one, just two days later.
Dr. Ming Way, who operated on Charlie Daniels, said, “With the revolutionary ORA System, a cataract surgeon can now, for the first time, individualize and customize the treatment based on the state of the patient’s eye once the cataract has been removed.”
But how can a patient recover so quickly? Dr. Ming Way explains, “We can actually do mid-flight adjustment on the operating table, before surgery is finished, to test drive to see how well this particular patient’s body, in this case Mr. Charlie Daniels, is reacting to the lens implanted.”
The country legend is the first of the Tennesseans to have this type of treatment. Charlie Daniels has made several hit Country albums since 1950. His The Devil Went Down to Georgia reached Number 3 in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. Besides this song, he gave many hit singles as well as successful albums with his Charlie Daniel Band. He is indeed a major influence in combining the elements of Rock with Country music. For his contribution to music, he was added to the Grand Ole Opry in 2008.
Soon after his Smart Eye Surgery, a post on his Twitter account reads: “Even double cataract surgery couldn’t keep Charlie from performing at World Outreach Church’s Easter Celebration.” And that’s true. This is indeed due to the quick recovery process of the treatment as explained by Dr. Ming Way. Charlie Daniels is back on his gigs and he performed at Shooting Star Casino in Minnesota just one week after the surgery.
Today, Charlie Daniels can do one thing that he was yearning to do for the past 68 years: see without his glasses or lenses. “I’m going to get started out here and be able to see without glasses for the first time in 68 years,” he said. He looked really excited.