Eyes Wide Open

Lasik Eye Surgeon Dr. Manoj Motwani speaks candidly on finding his sight.

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”

—Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

In 1974, at the age of six, Manoj Motwani traded the British private school gardens of Gwalior, India, for the brick and asphalt of Queens, New York. He recalls his elementary school, PS201, with the impersonal tone one might use to greet a stranger. If the collision of culture was not trouble enough, becoming a star student in corrective glasses would certainly make it harder for a skinny Hindu kid. It was a blue-collar neighborhood with tough kids on the playground—a place where this story begins.

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