InView Laser Surgery Center Gives Quadriplegic Patients New Freedom Through the Focus on Independence Program: Local Laser Surgery Center Participates in National Program that Provides Free Vision Correction Surgery for Quadriplegic Spinal Cord Injury Patients

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A Dawsonville, GA man who was left paralyzed from an auto accident 13 years ago is now living without his glasses thanks to Dr. George O. Waring, M.D., a surgeon at InView, a leading laser surgery center in Atlanta, GA. InView is one of several vision correction surgery centers nationally that participate in the Focus on Independence Program that donates LASIK surgery to quadriplegic patients participating in the program. The surgery took place on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at the InView Offices located in Atlanta.

This surgery is going to change my life for the better and it will make me much more independent. I'm pumped!

    Scott Lowe, 29 years old, was referred to the Atlanta LASIK center through the Focus on Independence website. He completed his pre-LASIK consultation and found that he was a perfect candidate for laser surgery. Following his surgery, less than two weeks later, he was able to see without his glasses for the first time since 3rd grade. "This surgery is going to change my life for the better and it will make me much more independent. I'm pumped!" exclaimed Scott when asked about preparing for his surgery. Scott is one of 4 patients that InView has helped through the program, to date.

"These patients have a terrible time dealing with contact lenses and glasses. A simple inconvenience for most of us, having to worry about adjusting and re-adjusting glasses can become quite a cumbersome task for patients such as Scott Lowe," said Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Refractive Surgeon Dr. George O. Waring who performed the life changing procedure for Scott.

Dr. Waring has been involved in the Focus On Independence Program for 3 years and is the only surgeon in the metro Atlanta area to participate in the program. He believes this program allows Americans living with disabilities the opportunity to participate and enjoy life to the fullest.

About Focus on Independence:

Focus on Independence, Inc is a not-for-profit organization that provides laser surgery and other vision correction procedures at no cost to individuals paralyzed by spinal cord injuries. Founded by Dr. Robert Maloney and Dr. Daniel Durrie of Los Angeles, California, the program is intended for patients over the age of 18, who have suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury and have lost the use of their hands and/or arms, making it difficult or impossible to put on or take off their glasses without assistance. To learn more about the Focus On Independence Program, visit http://www.focusonindependence.org or http://www.maloneyvisioninstitute.com

About InView

InView is a state-of-the-art laser surgery center founded in 1994 by faculty of Emory University School of Medicine. It is the only center in the country to offer the revolutionary InterWave(R) technology, a new system of vision measurement and individualized, patient-interactive treatment in LASIK surgery. InView surgeons have performed more than 40,000 LASIK procedures and the Center offers patients the widest range of options for vision correction surgery and treatment. InView is located at 301 Perimeter Center North, Suite 600, Atlanta, Ga. 30346. For more information, go to http://www.inviewvision.com or call 404-843-EYES (3937).

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