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Soldiers Receive Free Memorial Day Lasik Surgery Before Going to Iraq
Date:5/23/2008

BERGENFIELD, N.J., May 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two-dozen members of the Army's 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment yesterday captured the offices of Dello Russo LaserVision, getting ready for their upcoming deployment in Iraq. Instead of shooting targets with blurry eyes, they were undergoing a Lasik procedure that allows them to have 20/20 vision within an hour.

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Drs. Joseph and Jeffery Dello Russo marked the 3rd time in what became an annual celebration of patriotism, providing free corrective eye surgeries to members of the U.S. military before they go to their missions overseas.

The Dello Russos have completed another round of Free Lasik surgeries in their Manhattan location, helping another dozen of soldiers to get rid of their eyeglasses and contact lenses. Some of them have been waiting for years to get this treatment, but were not able to afford it before receiving bonuses following their return from Iraq.

The 113th Infantry Regiment, to be deployed in September, were thrilled: "This is just the best thing that could have happened," said Spec. Randall Bisset, a sniper and scout. "Glasses fog up. They're uncomfortable with the night vision goggles, and contacts dry out and you have to look for solution in your bag in the middle of the field. You can't endanger your unit like that."

"You can't really do our job with glasses," said Staff Sgt. Robert Marks of Rockaway, NJ. "The reflection from the lenses will give away your position. Dr. Dello Russo is an American hero. Getting the support really means a lot to us."

The family-run business, which was founded 40 years ago, was the first center in the U.S. to offer a bladeless Lasik surgery, as well as first out-patient cataract surgery center in the Northeast, the first commercial Excimer laser in the Northeast, the f
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