At the age of three Mike May was blinded after trying to clean a glass jar scrounged from the cluttered garage in the plastic swimming pool in his yard. The jar contained chemicals that, when combined with water, caused an explosive reaction. After several corneal transplants, May was told he would never see again.
His blindness did not stop him from achieving a very full life; he traveled, started a family and business, and still holds world records in downhill speed skiing. So in 1999, when he learned of a surgery that could restore his vision, he did not immediately jump at the chance