15.04.2011

US soldier receives gift of perfect sight

US soldier receives gift of perfect sight

By Alexa Kaczka

A war veteran from the US state of Minnesota has been given the gift of having perfect eyesight, without the need for glasses or contact lenses, thanks to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and Lasik Plus.

Mike Simon, who is in the Minnesota Army National Guard, was one of four wounded soldiers that received Lasik surgery free of charge, the Stillwater Gazette reported.

Shortly after returning home from Iraq in 2007, Mr Simon was told that he would be eligible to receive eye surgery, paid for by the WWP and Lasik Plus, to treat his impaired vision.

Dr Omar Awad, who preformed the soldier's operation, told the newspaper that he had felt privileged to be able to help those who had put their lives on the line for the good of their fellow citizens.

"I am honoured to serve veterans that have served this country, it is a small way to give back," he said.

Earlier this week, a Canadian woman spoke of her joy at having undergone innovative eye surgery.
Sue-Ann Levy told the Toronto Sun that she was thrilled with the results, after a special contact lens was implanted under her iris.

by Adrian Galbreth


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