Dr. Jon Dishler is working with ReVision Opticsâ„¢, Inc. to investigate the clinical study for a new procedure that may help those needing reading glasses.
MR. TOM MARTINO: And we'll talk to Dr. Dishler one of my favorite people. Hiâ€š Johnâ€š how are you doing?
DR. JON DISHLER: Thank you.
MR. MARTINO: He has something that I have been waiting forâ€š it waiting for. I meanâ€š I have had LASIKâ€š and it's working great and then he recently helped me with my dry eye with these little plugs and I don't think I need it right nowâ€š but to know it's out there is so cool. You know what I'm talking about.
DR. DISHLER: Yes.
MR. MARTINO: Explain it because to me this is exciting and maybe we can show them the eyeâ€š what it looks like.
DR. DISHLER: You knowâ€š this is real newsâ€š this is really exciting. The FDA just last Friday granted approval to this company I'm working withâ€š Revision Opticsâ€š it's one of their investigatorsâ€š to start implanting this new special contact lens. It's a veryâ€š very tinyâ€š it goes just under the surface of the corn you of the eye.
MR. MARTINO: So if we can show the eye.
DR. DISHLER: Here's an eye ball.
MR. MARTINO: And I want to showâ€š Bonnie's going over to the camera because I want to show exactly where it goes as opposed to.
DR. DISHLER: Sure.
MR. MARTINO: All rightâ€š let's go here now. So the eye is here. And this is the outside.
DR. DISHLER: This is the outside of the eye. So what we're doing is we're making a flap just like we do in all of our LASIK procedure.
MR. MARTINO: Okay, let's.
DR. DISHLER: And then we're putting in this veryâ€š very tinyâ€š much smaller than the pupilâ€š about.
MR. MARTINO: So it's a tiny little circle.
DR. DISHLER: It's tiny like the size of a very tiny piece of confetti or a seed.
MR. MARTINO: Really.
DR. DISHLER: And then the flap goes back downâ€š just like we were doing the LASIKâ€š and then thing is so cool because it's veryâ€š very thinâ€š it's very smallâ€š but because it's right in the center and stays thereâ€š when the pupil gets small and people readâ€š they're looking through that little spot so they can read. So this is designed for people that haveâ€š in the first study the one we're doingâ€š and the neat thing is anyone who's listening to this that wants to be considered for this study, the initial group is going to be 15 patientsâ€š no charge at allâ€š the company's paying for everythingâ€š it's freeâ€š it's totally freeâ€š but you have to have - - this is for people that have had great vision all their livesâ€š and suddenly they're 45 to 65 and they go you knowâ€š I can't read nod this is a treatment for presbyopia and so - -
MR. MARTINO: So you'll still be able to see far away as you normally do.
DR. DISHLER: Right.
MR. MARTINO: And then as you go like this to readâ€š you'll automatically focus on that
DR. DISHLER: You'll focus on thisâ€š it just goes in one eyeâ€š and it's sort ofâ€š it's kind of like monovision which we have been doing for years.
MR. MARTINO: Oh, it only goes in one eye.
DR. DISHLER: Only goes in one eye. So the other eye is maintained for distance and this eye is for near and it's kind of like monovision but better than monovision.
MR. MARTINO: Better because you can still
DR. DISHLER: You can still see great far away. So it doesn't mess up the far awayâ€š but helps with the near.
MR. MARTINO: Okay.
DR. DISHLER: And the first step is going to be doing this for peopleâ€š like I saidâ€š that have just normal visionâ€š healthy eyes. In the futureâ€š we're going to do a study with LASIK for people where we can correct their vision and do this at the same time.
MR. MARTINO: Oh.
DR. DISHLER: Give them the whole
MR. MARTINO: So you can give them one far and use that.
DR. DISHLER: Yeah.
MR. MARTINO: So what I want to knowâ€š so you would then make both eyes adjusted for far.
DR. DISHLER: Right.
MR. MARTINO: And then put an implant in one of the eyes.
DR. DISHLER: That's the plan.
MR. MARTINO: Now if you've already had LASIK.
DR. DISHLER: Wellâ€š there's probably going to beâ€š you knowâ€š againâ€š this is being developed. There will be a study first for people having it as a primary procedure but we're looking at using it for people that already had LASIKâ€š they'll be able to come in and have this done later.
MR. MARTINO: But right now the people who you're looking forâ€š there are 15 people who have not have procedures doneâ€š normal aging of the eyesâ€š between 45 and 60.
DR. DISHLER: Right.
MR. MARTINO: And they have excellent distance visionâ€š but need reading glasses. Also healthy eyes and no severe dry eyes and of course excellent health. Okayâ€š so people looking at thisâ€š these thingsâ€š who do they doâ€š what do they doâ€š no previous eye surgeriesâ€š eye check-ups for three years must consent to surgery. Who do they contactâ€š how do they contact?
DR. DISHLER: They just call our office and come in and see us. Some people turns outâ€š you knowâ€š are good candidates for other thingsâ€š LASIKâ€š things like that we already doâ€š but this is specifically a study for these people. We want peep tool know about this and the initial group as I said will be 15. After thatâ€š we'll probably do somewhere between 15 and a hundred total patients over the course of the study. People have to live in the area where they which come in for all that. One of the thingsâ€š it is free for themâ€š but they have to agree to come inâ€š of course for the follow ups and the examinations for several years. Andâ€š you knowâ€š it's been approved in Europeâ€š they're just starting to implant these I Belgiumâ€š in Austriaâ€š in London.
MR. MARTINO: So they have been approved.
DR. DISHLER: They have been approved in Europeâ€š and the FDA in the U.S.â€š of courseâ€š is just beginning this study and now they've approved us to start this study along with several other investigators.
MR. MARTINO: How long does it take for this to get full scale approval?
DR. DISHLER: Wellâ€š we don't know thatâ€š but they'll have to be put in and watched for awhile and make sure that there aren't any problems with them but they've been put in other countries previous to this in Mexico and other places with great long term results and so we're really excited to be able to start offering this to our patients here in the U.S.
MR. MARTINO: All right. Our number is (303)Martino, 627 8466 she was on the line with a question and she just dropped. So do we have anyone else? No? Okayâ€š not yet. Nowâ€š let's talk about your contestâ€š quickly.
DR. DISHLER: Sure.
MR. MARTINO: All rightâ€š because this is exciting. And I want to this clear. Anyone who joinsâ€š whether you win or notâ€š if you just make a video for YouTube that's linked on Dr. Jon Dishler's siteâ€š if you just make a videoâ€š you will get $500 off, a true $500 off your LASIK surgery. If you win one of the two prizes, you get it totally free.
DR. DISHLER: Totally free.
MR. MARTINO: What are you looking for?
DR. DISHLER: We're looking for two groups. Oneâ€š funnyâ€š humorousâ€š and the other groupâ€š seriousâ€š why do I really need thisâ€š I really need to see betterâ€š you knowâ€š it will help me and my life. So we're looking for that. Two runners up also will get it for half price in each categoryâ€š but everyone who entersâ€š just make a two minute video with a flip phone or a camera or anything you have and it can be on YouTube or any of those types of things. Send us the linkâ€š we'll look at itâ€š we're actually going to bring some of theâ€š you knowâ€š video hereon to the show and you can help pick the winner.
MR. MARTINO: Yes, I would love to. Dishler.com is the website. Dishlerâ€š .com f you want to do that contest and you open up a YouTube account or something. Okayâ€š now let's go to that graphic. We're looking for 15 peopleâ€š rememberâ€š and if you think you can qualify for thatâ€š he's looking for 15 people participate in this clinical trialâ€š (303)793-3000, (303)793-3000, and of course just call if you want quality LASIK at the lowest price for all of the care you get, (303)793-3000, financing available as well, or Dishler.com, as always, we've learned a lot, thank you very much and hey, I'll tell you what, take part in that clinical trial. I would if I could because it's already approved in Europe.