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Man sees daughter for first time following 'bionic eye' surgery at UF Health

Walfre Lopez prepares to hug his daughter.

Walfre Lopez got to see his daughter for the first time recently thanks to UF Health's first retinal implant.

Lopez, 46, lost his eyesight to a genetic disorder more than 20 years ago. Thanks to what he calls a "bionic eye" he saw his 12-year-old daughter for the first time. He last saw his son when he was two.

Dr. Syed Gibran Khurshid performed the surgery.

"It was a very powerful moment when he turned on the device and he was able to see where the door is and the sun outside the windows like a bright flash," Khurshid said.

Lopez told CBS 4 News he's looking forward to helping out more around the house and cooking.

"Without this device I am not able to see anything," the Georgia man said. "When I have this device on ... it's changing my life because now it feels I'm a lot more independent.

Watch the video above to see how the surgery worked.



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