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Irvine-based AcuFocus launches research study for corneal inlay

Device aims to alleviate need for reading glasses; Newport Beach's TLC Laser Eye Centers is 1 of 3 SoCal participants.

By Tina BorgattaPublished: October 09, 2009 09:30 AM

Irvine-based AcuFocus is launching a research study for its new corneal inlay, which was developed to improve the eyesight of people who require reading glasses. And Newport Beach-based TLC Laser Eye Centers’ Dr. Thomas S. Tooma is one of three eye surgeons in Southern California participating in the surgical trial.

As part of the study, TLC is recruiting men and women between the ages of 45 and 60 to volunteer for the surgery, which can be completed in the doctor’s office in less than 15 minutes.

Typically, the surgical treatment for patients with presbyopia – the condition that causes a need for reading glasses – requires the surgeon to correct one eye for distance and the other for near vision. With the inlay, however, vision isn’t changed. Rather, the inlay blocks unfocused light from the eye to improve the patient’s overall ability to see objects up close.

“Nearly 1.5 billion people worldwide need reading glasses,” Tooma says. “The options we have today are revolutionary and are a breakthrough in the technology that existed before.”

Tooma, who will perform all of the inlay surgeries, has conducted more than 100,000 laser and surgical vision correction procedures. For more information, visit acufocus.com or tlcvision.com.