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The Eye Institute of Utah Hosts World Renowned Cataract Surgeons: In Economically Trying Times, Nine Fortunate Patients Receive State of the Art Cataract Lenses
Date:1/13/2010

better outcomes for patients.

The cataract surgeries featured state-of-the-art, premium lenses implanted in patients who would not typically be able to pay for them because they do not have insurance or have been affected by the recent economic downturn. One of these patients is 44 year old Mike Tanner. Tanner noticed his vision wasn't what it used to be so he headed to his eye doctor only to discover he has cataracts. Doctors suspected the cause to his cataracts might be his asthma medicine which contains steroids. As a single father with no insurance, Mike’s outlook for finding a solution for his poor vision was grim. Knowing of his situation, our Salt Lake City cataract surgeons at The Eye Institute of Utah selected Mike as one of the recipients to receive cataract surgery with the ReSTOR® lens implant at no cost.

Three types of advanced corrective lenses, the Acrysof IQ IOL, Acrysof ReSTOR IOL and the Acrysof Toric IOL, were used to replace patients’ hardened cataract lenses during this live surgery event: the presbyopia correcting lens (ReSTOR), which corrects for near, intermediate and distance vision, was implanted in three (3) patients. The benefit in using these new lenses over standard cataract lenses is that standard lenses only address distance vision and patients are still dependent on reading glasses. The Toric lens corrects for astigmatism, an impairment that results in blurred vision, was also implanted in several patients who need significant astigmatism correction. Astigmatism has previously been difficult to treat, especially in cataract patients.
   
“These surgeries—performed by some of the top surgeons in the world—will make a dramatic impact for our patients, who otherwise
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