Volunteers Needed for Near Vision Research Study

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TLC Laser Eye Centers in Newport Beach, Calif. is seeking patient volunteers to participate in a no-cost clinical trial to determine if a corneal inlay can safely and effectively reduce the need for reading glasses.

TLC Laser Eye Centers (http://www.TLCVision.com) located at 3501 Jamboree Road Suite 100, in Newport Beach, is seeking patient volunteers to participate in a no-cost clinical trial to determine if a corneal inlay can safely and effectively reduce the need for reading glasses.

The AcuFocus Corneal Inlay (ACI) (http://www.AcuFocus.com) is intended to improve near vision in patients with presbyopia, which is the loss of near vision, and reduce dependency on reading glasses. Qualified participants will receive the procedure at no charge.

One of the worldwide clinical sites will be TLC Laser Eye Centers in Newport Beach. The inlay is placed in the eye's outer layer (cornea). There, it sits securely without the use of sutures. Dr. Thomas S. Tooma, a clinical investigator for the study, will perform the procedures.

"We are excited about this technology," said Dr. Tooma who has performed more than 100,000 laser and surgical vision correction procedures. "This procedure is very different from anything we've done with vision correction procedures before."

Who may benefit?
    Anyone may benefit who is dependent upon reading glasses to see near objects. However, because this is a research study, benefits cannot be guaranteed.

Who is eligible?
    The ACI clinical trial is open to men and women between the ages of 45 and 60 who are in good health and have normal, healthy vision.

What's involved?
    Before beginning research procedures, participants must go through an informed consent process. Implanting the inlay is a surgical procedure that takes less than 15 minutes. After the procedure, participants will be required to return for scheduled follow-up examinations. Return visits will occur over a three-year period and participants will receive the procedure and all examinations at no charge.

What is presbyopia?
    Presbyopia is the loss of near vision. This condition happens when the eye's natural lens loses the ability to focus light from both far and near objects. As a result, near tasks like reading or computer work are blurry. However, it is possible for far objects to still be clear. Presbyopia is a natural occurrence that happens to most of us by age 45.

How to register:
Anyone interested in participating in the AcuFocus Corneal Inlay research study should contact TLC Laser Eye Centers in Newport Beach at 1-888-CALL-TLC.

ABOUT TLC LASER EYE CENTERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
With over 1,300 eye doctors referring their patients to TLC in San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, San Diego, LA, and Orange County, TLC Laser Eye Centers receives more doctor referrals than any other Lasik center in Southern California for vision correction.

ABOUT DR. THOMAS S. TOOMA
Known throughout Southern California and the nation for his specialization in refractive surgery, Dr. Tooma has been instrumental in four FDA trials to approve LASIK laser vision correction in the United States, and uses the latest technology to correct Presbyopia.

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