ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For Christmas, Dan Neal of Albuquerque is giving three of his adult children the gift of better sight, with LASIK eye surgeries that use a device he developed.
Neal, now a research fellow with Johnson & Johnson, is the inventor of a diagnostic tool that precisely measures the eye over 1,000 points across the pupil. The technology, called the iDesign platform, is widely used in LASIK surgeries internationally. His daughters Katya Voss, Daniella Houk and Lydia Grindatto will undergo the procedure on Friday at Coleman Vision in Albuquerque.
“I’m excited to see it happen,” said Neal. “I’ve seen from all the clinical studies how great patients say the results are. I’m happy to help them after they’ve struggled with glasses and contact lenses all these years.”
Voss, a mother of eight children, said she is looking forward to not having to deal with the various issues associated with her astigmatism. Houk, also a mother of young children, said she can’t wait until she can see the clock in the middle of the night without searching around for her glasses.
Grindatto, a professional opera singer, said she remembers what it was like to get glasses for the first time when she was 11 and hopes the surgery will similarly improve her life.