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Historic LASIK Surgery Performed on Quadriplegic Patient to Preserve his Communication Abilities
Date:11/7/2008

BERGENFIELD, N.J., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Eric Abrue (30), a quadriplegic patient who is dependent on a respirator since he was eight years old, had a historic and highly successful LASIK procedure performed by Drs. Jeffrey and Joseph Dello Russo. Eric fell from a monkey bar in a playground in 1986, breaking his neck and severing his spinal cord. Since that day, he suffers from Quadriplegia, being totally unable to move any part of his body below his upper neck down and is able to breath on his own only for a short period of time without the use of a respirator.

Eric is the first quadriplegic patient in the world who underwent LASIK, using the Wavelight Eye-Q and a special WL Swivel Chair. Eric, who is now thirty, is dependent for all his needs on an around-the-clock care giver. He runs a successful music production company, attends a college online and designs his own T-shirt line. He was using eyeglasses to see his computer clearly but in the last few months has found out that wearing glasses did little to clear up his vision, and the images became after using the computer for 14-16 hours per day. Sitting about two feet away from his laptop, Eric began to have headaches due to the strain on his eyes. Eric uses a wand placed in his mouth by his caregiver to surf the internet and send mails to clients and friends. He is highly skilled with the device, typing rapidly and accurately for many hours of the day. Trying to ensure his eyes will keep serving him as the main tool to connect with the world, he became interested in the LASIK procedure and began reading about it online.

"I did a lot of research and I chose Drs. Joseph and Jeffrey Dello Russo because of their experience and the fact that they seem to use the most advanced technologies, including the unique Wavelight Eye-Q Intralase lasers. My eyesight is essential to my well-being, and it was even more critical to me to find LASIK surgeons who could give me the best outcome. I'm thrilled and I would recommend them to anyone, it was really easy. Once I was positioned on the laser bed, they were able to move me from one laser to the other using a unique swivel bed which automatically positioned me first under the Intralase laser and then under the Wavelight laser, without having to be manually moved between two beds. The entire procedure was painless and took less than ten minutes. I am grateful to these two outstanding surgeons and recommend them to anyone who needs LASIK. God bless them," said Eric.

For more information on Drs. Joseph and Jeffrey Dello Russo, who performed more than 70,000 LASIK procedures to date, visit http://www.dellorusso.com or call 1-800-EYE-CARE.


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