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Cure for Reading Glasses?

Some say that there are only two certainties in life: "death and taxes." Joseph Dello Russo, M.D., a prominent LASIK surgeon would suggest another: the need for wearing reading glasses after forty, a condition doctors call Presbyopia.

Dr. Dello Russo has aligned himself with a team of researches who in the past have developed some of the most important advances in LASIK. They are now hard at work with what may be a most promising treatment for Presbyopia using a simple LASIK-like procedure to restore reading ability, known as accommodation.

"Restoring reading after the age of forty is the last frontier in laser surgeons' quest to rid people of eyeglasses," says Herman Sloane, M.D., a successful LASIK surgeon in Chicago. "I believe the potential is huge, since there are at least 100 million Americans wearing reading glasses who may be willing to have the procedure as long as it is both safe and effective. This could be an even larger market than LASIK encompassing the baby boomers who potentially have more disposable income."

Dello Russo, who played a prominent role in the clinical trials as a former FDA researcher by helping to develop and improve the laser surgery procedure now known as LASIK, explains that the new approach for treating Presbyopia will be designed to restore the eye's focusing ability, utilizing a unique laser technology.

Many of the same scientists and ophthalmologists who played significant roles in developing LASIK are again involved in this new research. Dello Russo feels that this experienced team of scientists may have the best opportunity of conquering the "last frontier in ridding people of glasses."

According to recent statistics presented by Shariff Mondavi, an industry analyst writing in this month's Review of Ophthalmology, LASIK is the most popular elective surgical procedure in the U.S. LASIK treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, conditions which
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