Tyler acquired Acanthamoeba Keratitis, a painful infection of the cornea, the summer before his freshman year of high school. It was such a severe case, he went blind in both eyes and received bilateral corneal transplants just five months later: his left eye in February 2006 and his right eye in March 2006. His eye doctor originally treated him for pink eye, as the symptoms of both conditions are similar, but he soon realized it was much more serious.
Tyler has loved baseball, both to watch and play, as long as he can remember. He had to sit out his freshman season due to the transplants, but he was able to play three years in high school and two years in college.
“I see 20/15 with contacts. I am extremely fortunate to see the way I do and have such amazing doctors.”
Tyler has had a passion for photography since his transplant nearly 14 years ago. “I was without eyesight for a period of time. After I regained sight, I realized what I didn’t see and never wanted to take that for granted again. Being blind gave me an appreciation for details. I try to capture things the way I see them now and will take a break from whatever I am doing to take a picture if I think it is worth sharing.”