Prayers of First Scott City pastor results in miracle
By Bob Baysinger
August 26, 2003
SCOTT CITY – Terry Eades wasn’t looking forward to blindness. But it appeared that was the direction he was headed.
“About three years ago, I realized that my vision seemed to be getting worse," said Eades, pastor, First Baptist Church, Scott City. “I didn’t think much about it at the time because I have had poor vision since I was a child of around 3 or 4.
“I was one of those kids who was constantly teased in grade school as ‘four eyes’ and the kid with ‘coke bottle glasses.’"
Eades’ eyesight began deteriorating so rapidly earlier this year that he was concerned about passing the eye exam when he went to renew his driver’s license in July.
“I was really sweating it that I was not going to pass the eye test," he said.
As recently as February, Eades had obtained the strongest glasses possible. His vision was 20/40 in the left eye and 20/35 in the right eye.
“I went to five different doctors and they all said the same thing: ‘Your eyes will never get better and you will never see 20/20 again, not even with glasses. You will be lucky if you will even be able to drive within a year or two.’"
Now, four weeks later after the driver’s exam, Eades has 20/20 vision (with glasses)!
“About a month ago, I began to notice that I was seeing better," Eades said. “Slowly, a little bit each day, but better.
“I went to the eye doctor yesterday (Aug. 12), took the exam and had 20/20 (perfect vision) in both eyes. My retinal doctor could not believe it. He said it was nothing he did and added that I should, ‘just thank the Lord.’"
Eades said he and his family decided to make his deteriorating vision a matter of prayer.
“I could no longer drive at night safely and everyone in my family was afraid to be in the car when I was driving – even in daylight," he said. “Over the last six months, I had finally resolved that my life was soon to change drastically and I was just going to have to deal with it.
“I spent a lot of time praying about it, got a super large print Bible and asked my family to pray that I wouldn’t go blind, My doctors said it was not a question of if I would go blind, just how long would it take."
Along with the prayer, Eades said he found a doctor who prescribed massive amounts of Vitamin A, C and E.
“The doctor drives down to Cape (Girardeau) once a week from St. Louis to see patients. He gave me a sample of the vitamins to start taking last February. I would have had no idea about the vitamins if the doctor hadn’t recommended them. I am so thankful the Lord uses vitamins and I am giving the Lord all the credit.
“I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to have five different eye doctors tell you there was nothing they could do and then have your vision restored. It sure is good to be able to see again."