How Caring for Her Blind Husband Challenged Their Marriage

Byland Fight On!

At the USC Roski Eye Institute, we treat every patient, and their family members, as more than just patients – they are truly part of our USC Family.  That could not be more true than with Terry Byland — the only man in the world to have the Argus retinal implant in both eyes — and his caring wife, Sue. On numerous occasions Terry has served as our ambassador for the Argus prostheses educating other patients and encouraging those with impaired vision to not give up hope. Since 2004 when he received his first implant from Dr. Mark Humayun, who co-created the Argus system, Terry and Sue have been terrific examples of how a doctor+patient relationship can be a long-term friendship.

Terry and Sue’s journey is captured as one of the highlighted stories that will be seen on the Facebook page for SIGHT: The Story of Vision, a PBS documentary film debuting on October 13, which happens to be World Sight Day. As the producers roll-out these patient stories in social media, look for the Bylands to appear this fall.

With so much attention on Terry, we were thrilled that Sue got her moment in the spotlight in the following article just published on PBS Next Avenue – the web site for those age 50+.  She talks about her journey with Terry’s retinitis pigmentosa and what helped them both of them cope over their 30-year marriage.

Congratulations Terry and Sue – you inspire us and others to Fight On!

Read more about their story here.

Terry and Sue Wedding