Restored vision allows artist to continue her passion

Sherry ShedenhelmArtwork and painting have been an interest of Sherry Shedenhelm’s since she was in grade school.  Her talents were first recognized after entering and winning a city-wide art contest.  A genetic visual impairment later diagnosed as Fuchs corneal dystrophy, however, left her feeling uncertain about her childhood abilities.  

After attending an art class hosted by a neighboring artist as an adult, Sherry was inspired to follow her dreams of being an artist.  The class, as well as job opportunities and connections made during her career, helped Sherry build self-confidence and changed her approach to artwork.

Several years ago, Sherry’s condition caused her vision to deteriorate to the point where she would need both corneas replaced for any hope of restored vision. Referred to cornea specialist Dr. Mark Greiner, Sherry underwent cornea transplant surgeries that allowed her to regain vision and resume her artistic passion.

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Winter Grace

Artwork by cornea transplant recipient Sherry Shedenhelm serves as a holiday greeting for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank.

Friday, December 4, 2020