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Missy Kliebenstein, Potosi

A bright new outlook

For as long as she can remember, Missy has had very poor vision. Her first pair of glasses came in the 1st grade and with each new pair, came a stronger prescription and thicker lens. Missy, who lives in Potosi with her husband Dan and three sons, had always dreamed of taking steps to improve her vision but surgery seemed out of the question. Specialists in Dubuque didn’t think she was a good candidate for LASIK, a surgical procedure that uses laser to reshape the cornea to improve uncorrected vision. Missy refused to give up.

As a periop nurse at Grant Regional, Missy was aware of a new procedure performed by Dr. Mary Jo Oyen, Ophthalmologist. Dr. Oyen had a different "view" of Missy’s situation. Dr. Oyen also performs LASIK surgery but she agreed that Missy was not a candidate for laser surgery because the amount of correction Missy needed was too great. Dr. Oyen encouraged Missy to consider a Visian Intraocular Contact Lens (ICL). Unlike corneal refractive surgery, like LASIK, the ICL does not involve removal of corneal tissue. Instead, this procedure involves inserting a special lens carefully over Missy's own lens and works with the eye's natural optical system (cornea and lens) to enhance its performance. It didn’t take Missy but one glance at her thick glasses and she agreed.

"I’m so grateful to Dr. Oyen and Grant Regional for the excellent care I received," Missy smiles. "It’s wonderful to finally lose the "coke bottles" and see without them! For the first time in my life I can actually see the detail of leaves on trees – what an amazing difference!"

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