Since 1949by Dr. Jeremy Beam, Optometric PhysicianTHE FIRST PROSTHETIC IRIS'Aniridia," a genetic disorder that affects one in 50,000-100,000 people in the United States, involves a partially orcompletely absent iris, the colored circle surrounding thepupil that changes to allow different amounts of light to enterthe eye. To address this problem, as well as other traumaticconditions that result in damage to the iris, researchers havedeveloped the first prosthetic ris. Individually sized andcolored for each patient, this thin and foldable constructionof medical-grade silicone is surgically implanted in the eyeand held in place by sutures and anatomical structures of theeye. FDA-approved as the first stand-alone prosthetic iris, thedevice is sure to help those who suffer functional and aestheticcomplications from a missing irisPS. Of the 389 adult and pediatric patients with aniridia orother iris defects who received the prosthetic iris, more than70 percent reported decreases in glare and photosensitivitywhile 94 percent said they were satisfied with the appearancea of the new irisHelping patients see since 1949, Valley Vision Clinic is a six-doctor optometric physician group providing comprehensiveeye-related services for the entire family. From eye examscontact lenses, and a full service in-house Optical featuringthe latest lens designs, eyewear and sunglasses, we providecurrent state of the art service. For more information, find uson Facebook and at www.valleyvisionclinic.comWalla WallaFax 509-529-2115 Toll-Free 800-445-2021 valleyvisionclinic.com22 West Main509-529-2020

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Since 1949 by Dr. Jeremy Beam, Optometric Physician THE FIRST PROSTHETIC IRIS 'Aniridia," a genetic disorder that affects one in 50,000- 100,000 people in the United States, involves a partially or completely absent iris, the colored circle surrounding the pupil that changes to allow different amounts of light to enter the eye. To address this problem, as well as other traumatic conditions that result in damage to the iris, researchers have developed the first prosthetic ris. Individually sized and colored for each patient, this thin and foldable construction of medical-grade silicone is surgically implanted in the eye and held in place by sutures and anatomical structures of the eye. FDA-approved as the first stand-alone prosthetic iris, the device is sure to help those who suffer functional and aesthetic complications from a missing iris PS. Of the 389 adult and pediatric patients with aniridia or other iris defects who received the prosthetic iris, more than 70 percent reported decreases in glare and photosensitivity while 94 percent said they were satisfied with the appearance a of the new iris Helping patients see since 1949, Valley Vision Clinic is a six- doctor optometric physician group providing comprehensive eye-related services for the entire family. From eye exams contact lenses, and a full service in-house Optical featuring the latest lens designs, eyewear and sunglasses, we provide current state of the art service. For more information, find us on Facebook and at www.valleyvisionclinic.com Walla Walla Fax 509-529-2115 Toll-Free 800-445-2021 valleyvisionclinic.com 22 West Main 509-529-2020

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