Senior Citizens educated and entertained by Ming Wang

Friday, October 3, 2014

From Staff Reports

Nashville-based Dr. Ming Wang, renowned eye surgeon of the Wang Vision, Cataract and LASIK Center, visited Lewisburg last week as a special guest speaker for the Marshall County Senior Citizens Center. Members and guests learned some excellent vision-care tips, along with information about the most up-to-date vision-corrective equipment, procedures, and techniques.

The Center's director Frances Murdock scheduled Wang's talk to celebrate National Senior Center Month. September was designated the month for senior centers to showcase their many programs and events to promote a positive image of aging. To ensure adequate room for an expected large audience, the doctor's seminar was held at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

Several interesting eye care topics were discussed by Wang, including the Forever Young Lens, the latest in vision surgery to reverse aging and restore youthful eyesight. He listed eight things to do to protect your eyes: wear sunglasses, eat a good diet with lots of vegetables and vitamins, exercise, educate yourself on the latest eye care, be happy, get lots of sleep, trust in God, and ballroom dance.

The doctor has published eight textbooks, holds several U.S. patents, and founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, which to date has helped less fortunate patients from over 40 U.S. states and 55 foreign countries with sight-restoration surgeries performed free of charge. The best-known of these is Maria, a 15-year-old Moldovan orphan.

Wang, a Harvard and MIT graduate, grew up in China during the devastating Cultural Revolution, when millions of the country's youth were relocated and condemned to a lifetime of hard labor and poverty. To avoid such a life, he learned to play the er-hu, a Chinese musical instrument similar to the violin. This allowed him to participate in the government's propaganda program. He later escaped to the United States with only $50 and a Chinese-English dictionary.

Wang has even been the inspiration for a character in a movie. In the new "God's Not Dead," actor Paul Kwo plays a Chinese student whose character was inspired by the real-life story of Wang. The movie soared close to fifth place among the all-time highest box office Christian movies.

After his vision-care talk, Wang treated attendees to a mini concert featuring the er-hu. Accompanying the doctor was his close friend Carlos Gonzalez, who is an award-winning composer, writer and professional guitarist from Puerto Rico. Gonzalez often joins Wang for the musical portion of the doctor's program.

Wang received a warm Marshall County welcome from everyone attending his talk.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Lewisburg," Wang said. "I will look forward to future trips to one of the most beautiful areas in the state."

Attendees were glad to hear from one of the world's leading vision-care physicians. They also had the opportunity to talk with the doctor and ask him direct questions about their individual eye-care concerns.

"The best way to educate the public is through these seminars," Wang concluded. "To do these eye surgeries it took me four decades of research, (and) sometimes I ask myself, 'Is it all worth it?' but when you see Maria ... coming out of darkness and seeing herself for the very first time and her saying 'I'm so pretty,' at that moment it is all worth it. Being there at that magical moment when someone comes out of darkness and sees makes all of the years of research worth it."