CHANDLER, Okla. – Lots of smiles for 6-year-old Shylee Bowser from Chandler these days.
But her mom Shelly said when they first adopted Shylee, that wasn’t the case.
“She wasn’t outgoing,” she said. “She would lay around, she didn’t want to crawl. She tilted her head to compensate for one eye.”
Her mom said Shylee had a traumatic accident in a foster home that destroyed her eye.
“She punctured her eye and when she came into the emergency room her eye was hanging out,” she said.
All that changed when she got an artificial eye at the Dean McGee Eye Institute.
Nancy Lambert from Dean McGee, who herself has a prosthetic eye, uses her empathy and artistic talents to craft eyes that change lives.
“We have not yet found anything better than painting the irises to match the eye,” she said. “We take an impression of the eye to create the shape that too is hand-shaped to match the curves of the eye. They then they sit for artwork.”
For Shylee, a new eye meant a new outlook.
Lambert said she’s almost a new little girl.
“We put in the prosthetic eye and it changed her immensely,” she said. “The head came up, she was beautiful.”
In fact, Shylee said she feels like “a princess.”
Her mom said she was a wallflower who blossomed almost overnight.
“From holding her head down to wanting to be a princess, really outgoing, smiles, all smiles,” she said.