Sight - Story

Dr. Ming Wang

Ming Wang was raised in China during China's Cultural Revolution, when millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face a life of poverty and hard labor.

Thanks to his parents' determination to gain freedom for Ming and through his own tenacity, he made his way to America in his teens. With just $50 to his name, Dr. Wang went on to earn two doctorate degrees, one in laser physics and the other in medicine, graduating with the highest honors from Harvard Medical School and MIT.

Embracing Christianity, he struggled to determine whether faith and science could go hand in hand, which led to his invention of the amniotic membrane contact lens, to restore eyesight to the blind.

Through his non-profit Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, he provides sight restoration surgeries free of charge for patients who are not able to afford the procedure and has helped thousands, including orphans, in 55 countries.

Dr. Wang has published eight textbooks and over 100 articles; holds several U.S. patents; and performed the world's first laser-assisted artificial cornea implantation. He received the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Chinese American Physicians.

His story is detailed in his 2016 autobiography From Darkness to Sight. The book was made into a feature film titled Sight (2024), starring Terry Chen as Dr. Wang, and Greg Kinnear as Dr. Misha Bartnovsky. It focuses on a blind orphan girl who comes to Dr. Wang, seeking a miracle.

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