Dean McCluskey began wearing glasses at age 10. “My glasses were always thick, like what people describe as ‘coke bottle glasses’, said Dean.

Dean was very nearsighted (could not see things far away). “I couldn’t see anything further than two feet away. I could hit the golf ball but then my buddies would have to track it for me.”

Fortunately, Dean didn’t have problems working up close on his computer. One of only two PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Designers, at Watlow in Winona, Dean has designed intricate printed circuit boards used for industrial temperature controls for 30 of his 32 years there.

Dean’s nearsightedness grew worse over time while the natural lens inside his eye grew cloudier. This made it difficult to find an adequate eyeglass prescription. “I couldn’t really see what I wanted to.” Dean’s optometrist, Dr. Lane Robeson, recommended cataract surgery and referred Dean to Laurel Quinn, MD, ophthalmologist.

Dr. Quinn explained that cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens from the eye and replacing it with a clear plastic lens implant. She suggested that Dean consider bifocal lens implants at the time of his cataract surgery. “Dean was a good candidate for this new lens implant that corrects both distance and near vision. It is really a technological advance because it provides patients with a quality range of vision, all in one optical system.” The same day surgery procedure takes approximately a half hour per eye to complete.

Dean had one cataract done and then the other two weeks later. Now, for the first time in forty six years, Dean is glasses-free except for over-the-counter sunglasses.

“I walked out of the hospital and I could see almost immediately. It was a pain-free procedure. It is amazing and a huge change. It is certainly different to not have to depend on glasses. I can look at the alarm clock at night without fumbling for my glasses.

“Everybody at Winona Health was great, friendly and professional. I am very happy with the results and would recommend Dr. Quinn and the Winona Health Eye Care Center to anyone.”

Lens implants: Sharpening the focus

For most of us, wearing eyeglasses is an inevitable part of getting older, but bifocal lens implants could make reaching for a pair of spectacles a thing of the past.

“Bifocal lens implants are a new, exciting option for cataract surgery,” explains ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD. Cataract surgery, which is the removal of the eye’s clouded natural lens, is a very common, safe and effective procedure. However, most patients still need reading glasses or bifocals after surgery. A bifocal lens implant, which is inserted through a very small incision during cataract surgery, allows patients to see clearly without their glasses and can correct both distance and near vision. The outpatient procedure takes less than 30 minutes.

Dr. Quinn said that Dean was a perfect patient for this procedure due to his extreme nearsightedness and the difficulty that his cataracts were causing him.

“I love my profession,” said Dr. Quinn. “Having good eyesight is very important to people and it is very gratifying to be able to improve someone’s quality of life.”

Make an appointment for an eye exam if you notice any changes in your vision. If you develop sudden vision changes, such as double vision or blurriness, see your doctor right away. For more information on the bifocal lens implant, call the Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760.

Dr. Quinn with Dean

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