December 23rd, 2002


Corrective lenses... New stuff...

Two tidbits from

A new contact lens you take out to see
Clark has worn glasses since he was a small child because he had a lazy eye that needed correcting. And most adults have to wear either glasses or contact lenses in America. But what if you could see without the need for these things or without having to go under the knife or laser? The American Association of Optometry in San Diego recently revealed that the American Food and Drug Administration has just approved a special contact lens that you wear at night which enables you to see unassisted the following day. At a cost of $1000 a year it is unfortunate that the correction is not permanent and only works if you wear the lenses the night before.


Adjustable glasses for the masses
Clark just read a story in the science section of the New York Times and started jumping for joy. First let’s go back about five years when Clark read a story by an ophthalmologist traveling in Russia. The man encountered a young man on his trip who wasn’t able to work because he couldn’t see. It’s actually a huge problem in third-world countries where many can’t work because of their terrible eyesight. So this eye doctor decided to design adjustable prescription glasses. Now, there is a similar product on the market from another eye doctor. These glasses require no special skills, and people adjust the prescription themselves. They’re available in the third world, but also could be a great second pair of glasses for you and me. If you’re traveling and you lose your glasses, wouldn’t it be great to grab a second pair you adjust yourself.

In other news...

    A Boston patient is suing the surgeon who abandoned him in mid-operation to go to the bank and deposit a check.
    Dr. David Arndt was suspended by Massachusetts regulators after leaving patient Charles Algeri on the operating table in July.
    ...not only did Arndt leave Algeri on the operating table for 35 minutes, but he also bungled the surgery.
    "Not only did Dr. Arndt botch the surgery, ... but he failed after the surgery to take action to investigate the symptoms of a failed fusion," attorney Marc Breakstone said.
    A state Public Health Department report said the absence didn't cause the operation to be botched.
    Arndt, a Harvard Medical School grad, said he regrets his actions, which he says were due to "a financial crisis."
    Arndt is also facing criminal charges that he raped a 15-year-old boy in Cambridge in September. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.