BERGENFIELD, N.J., May 23 Two-dozen members ofthe Army's 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment yesterday captured theoffices of Dello Russo LaserVision, getting ready for their upcomingdeployment in Iraq. Instead of shooting targets with blurry eyes, they wereundergoing a Lasik procedure that allows them to have 20/20 vision within anhour.
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Drs. Joseph and Jeffery Dello Russo marked the 3rd time in what became anannual celebration of patriotism, providing free corrective eye surgeries tomembers of the U.S. military before they go to their missions overseas.
The Dello Russos have completed another round of Free Lasik surgeries intheir Manhattan location, helping another dozen of soldiers to get rid oftheir eyeglasses and contact lenses. Some of them have been waiting for yearsto get this treatment, but were not able to afford it before receiving bonusesfollowing their return from Iraq.
The 113th Infantry Regiment, to be deployed in September, were thrilled:"This is just the best thing that could have happened," said Spec. RandallBisset, a sniper and scout. "Glasses fog up. They're uncomfortable with thenight vision goggles, and contacts dry out and you have to look for solutionin your bag in the middle of the field. You can't endanger your unit likethat."
"You can't really do our job with glasses," said Staff Sgt. Robert Marksof Rockaway, NJ. "The reflection from the lenses will give away your position.Dr. Dello Russo is an American hero. Getting the support really means a lot tous."
The family-run business, which was founded 40 years ago, was the firstcenter in the U.S. to offer a bladeless Lasik surgery, as well as firstout-patient cataract surgery center in the Northeast, the first commercialExcimer laser in the Northeast, the first commercial flying spot laser systemin the country, and more.
"We have tons of patients in the military and the police force," said Dr.Jeffrey Dello Russo, "we feel that it is a great opportunity for us to giveback, especially before the Memorial Day weekend. We wanted to make sure thatsoldiers who are in pretty extreme environments that are not suitable forglasses will be safer and more comfortable."
The soldiers went through exams and preparations before undergoing theprocedure, in which the laser beam itself is used for less than a minute.Minutes after the minimally invasive surgery, the soldiers wore darksunglasses and rested for an hour. Staff Sgt. Lisandro Peralta could barelyidentify 6-inch tall letters during his vision test. He could not believe itwhen following the procedure he could flawlessly pick out letters a fractionof the size - a sign that he now has 20/20 vision.
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