Wounded Veteran Receives Free LASIK Care Courtesy of Clarkson Eyecare

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The Clarkson Eyecare Foundation is giving Corporal Todd Nicely the chance to see clearly by fully funding a LASIK procedure.

The Clarkson Eyecare Foundation is giving a wounded veteran the chance to see clearly by fully funding a LASIK procedure. Corporal Todd Nicely of Arnold, Missouri is one of only three surviving quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In March of 2010, Cpl. Nicely was leading a group of a dozen Marines on a routine patrol in Afghanistan when his squad came across a small bamboo bridge. As the leader of the group he stepped forward to test it first, and triggered an explosive device hidden under the bridge. The explosion severed his right leg at the knee, his left leg just below the knee, his left arm at the wrist and his right arm at the elbow. The men in his squad quickly applied tourniquets and called for a helicopter. He was airlifted to the base, then flown to a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Cpl. Nicely has been undergoing intense rehabilitation treatment at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, MD for the past year, but he tries to get home to St. Louis as often as he can. Though he has made amazing progress, getting his glasses on and off is a daily task he could do without, and the Clarkson Eyecare Foundation is happy to offer their services. “It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” Cpl. Nicely says.

He had his initial consultation at Clarkson’s Chesterfield Valley LASIK center on December 27, 2011 and his procedure was done on January 5, 2012. Clarkson LASIK surgeon Joseph Gira, M.D. says “I feel proud to be able to contribute something to Cpl. Nicely, especially after the sacrifices he’s made for our country. Right now his vision is [about] 20/70, and by later tonight he’ll be seeing 20/20.” All surgical and post-surgical costs are covered by the Clarkson Eyecare Foundation.

The Clarkson Eyecare Foundation provides vision improvement for those in the community who cannot afford eye care services, including general vision improvement and medical care. The Clarkson Eyecare Foundation benefits World Vision, InfantSEE, Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Clubs located at Grand and Adams Park, Season for Sight, Vision USA, EyeGeneration, and local families in need. The Foundation has also participated in two mission trips with the Pujols Family Foundation to the Dominican Republic. The Clarkson Eyecare Foundation opened its third Free Vision Clinic at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in North St. Louis in February of 2009. For more information visit http://www.TheClarksonEyecareFoundation.org.


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