Renowned Southern California Eye Surgeon Dr. Thomas S. Tooma First to Perform Surgery

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TLC Laser Eye Centers announced today they are offering an investigational surgery to men and women who are between the ages of 45 and 60 years old, and are looking to reduce or eliminate their need for reading glassses, at no cost, as part of a research study.

TLC Laser Eye Centers (http://www.TLCVision.com) announced today that they are offering an investigational surgery to men and women who are between the ages of 45 and 60 years old, and are looking to reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses, at no cost, as part of a research study.

The surgery uses an investigational corneal inlay device being developed by AcuFocus (http://www.AcuFocus.com). The inlay is placed in the eye's outer layer (cornea). The procedure takes less than 15 minutes and can be done in the eye surgeon's office. The corneal inlay is being developed to correct near vision problems caused by aging, a condition known as presbyopia.

In the past, presbyopia was treated with just Monovision LASIK so that one eye was corrected for distance and one eye was corrected for near vision. With the AcuFocus Corneal Inlay, your distance vision isn't changed. The inlay actually blocks unfocused light into your eyes so that your overall ability to see objects up close could dramatically improve.

The TLC Laser Eye Center in Newport Beach is actively recruiting patients for the research study (http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00850031). Only twelve U.S. eye surgeons are involved in this national research study; and Dr. Thomas S. Tooma of TLC Laser Eye Centers is one of only three doctors participating in Southern California.

Dr. Tooma, Medical Director of TLC Laser Eye Centers in Southern California, has performed more than 100,000 laser and surgical vision correction procedures. Dr. Tooma will personally perform the surgery for patients with a loss of near vision. The research study is a part of several options that TLC offers to reduce the need for reading glasses over the age of 40.

"Nearly 1.5 billion people worldwide need reading glasses. I'm thrilled today to offer a possible solution for those who are tired of wearing them," said Dr. Tooma. "The options we have today are revolutionary, and are a break through in the technology that existed before."

In order to receive the surgery at no cost, you must register before November 15, 2009. Book your surgery with TLC Laser Eye Centers by contacting 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.

Local celebrity patients include Tony Reagins, General Manager with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who says, "Dr. Tooma performed LASIK surgery on me and several of our players. Are you ready to see 20/20 like the Angels?" (photo of Tony available at http://www.DrTooma.com)

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 research studies to approve LASIK laser vision correction in the United States, and uses the latest technology to correct presbyopia.

Editor's Note: Please visit our online press room at http://www.DrTooma.com for additional information including a photo of Tony Reagins; bio on Dr. Tooma and photos; a TLC Laser Vision Center fact sheet; AcuFocus Corneal Inlay Research Study FAQ; and photos of the AcuFocus Corneal Inlay. Dr. Tooma and the patients receiving surgery today are also available for interviews, photographs and filming.

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