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ADVANCES IN VISION CORRECTION: DR. LEE RIGEL COMING TO MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL THURSDAY, APRIL 2

 ADVANCES IN VISION CORRECTION: DR. LEE RIGEL COMING
 TO MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL THURSDAY, APRIL 2
 MINNEAPOLIS, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Contact Lens Council issued the following:
 About one of every two Americans requires some type of vision correction. Advances in medical technology have enabled more Americans than ever -- close to 25 million -- to wear contact lenses. With such a large number of people wearing contact lenses, perhaps it's not so surprising that there also are a number of problems with the misuse of contact lenses.
 Dr. Lee Rigel, immediate past chairman of the American Optometric Association's Contact Lens Section, will be in Minneapolis and St. Paul on Thursday, April 2, to discuss advances in vision correction, and specifically how to maintain healthy eyes throughout a lifetime.
 "With new materials and designs in contact lenses, people are confused as to what's available and what's right for them," said Rigel.
 Advances in vision correction have led to contacts for the 38 million Americans with astigmatism, contacts for infants born with congenital cataracts, and contacts for the millions of baby boomers entering their bifocal years.
 In fact, more and more doctors are using contact lenses to correct serious vision conditions of infants -- including retinopathy of prematurity (a condition affecting premature infants) and amblyopia (lazy eye).
 Bifocal contacts also have been introduced to treat presbyopia, a condition that affects virtually everyone over age 40. With bifocal contacts, one part of the lens is used for near vision, replacing the need for reading glasses, and the other part for distance. A technique called "monovision" also is being used to treat presbyopia. Here, the patient wears one lens for near vision and one for distance. In some cases, the patient need only wear a lens for near vision.
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 /NOTE: The Contact Lens Council is a public education and awareness campaign designed to promote the safe use of contact lenses and serves as an educational resource on vision correction. For more information or to schedule an interview, call the contacts below./
 /CONTACT: Vince Powers or John Kiker for the Contact Lens Council, 202-342-7027/ CO: Contact Lens Council ST: Minnesota IN: HEA SU:


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