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insertion of a lens implant has been
fine print on boxes at the grocery
around since the early 1980s; implant
store. "I feel like a new person since I
technology has not allowed so many
gave up my trifocals:' she said. "I am
options to patients until recently.
going to buy a pair of designer sun-
"The lens implant technology is not glasses!"
restricted to people with cataracts:'
Shanbom said. "It also offers people
without them a range of vision from
Shanbom was raised in Oak Park and
distance to near without the aid of
Farmington Hills. He graduated from
Harrison High School in Farmington
While traditional lens implants
Hills. He did his medical residency in
allow excellent visual results at one
internal medicine and ophthalmol-
distance only, multifocal or accommo- ogy at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and
dating lens implants lengthen visual
is board certified in both specialties.
acuity. "It's wonderful to offer this lat-
He is an assistant professor at Detroit-
est technology in an effort to eliminate based Kresge Eye Institute and at
a patient's dependency on glasses:'
Michigan State University.
In the spirit of giving back, he pro-
Baby boomers especially are the
vides free cataract surgery to people in
newest candidates for cataract sur-
need through Jewish Family Service of
gery. Lens implants will give them the
Metropolitan Detroit's Project Chessed.
chance to see well not only far, but also He leads complimentary seminars
up close like they did when they were
through the Jewish Community
30 — which is important in this time
Center of Metropolitan Detroit. And
of widespread computer use.
he conducts free vision screenings
"Baby boomers don't just want
for residents at Jewish Home & Aging
grandma's cataract surgery," Shanbom
Services' senior residential complexes
said. "They want something more. The in West Bloomfield and Oak Park.
new technology not only will remove
"I grew up around here Shanbom
the cataract, but also restore vision to
said. "This is my town. It's important
some of its youthfulness. That's what's
to give back when the opportunity
exciting about this stuff."
arises, whether for the general com-
The procedure is similar to tradi-
munity or the Jewish community."
tional cataract surgery, but patients
Shanbom and his wife, Sherry, are
must choose the lens implant that best members of the Jewish Federation
suits lifestyle and visual needs. Surgery of Metropolitan Detroit's Class of a
typically takes 10 minutes. It doesn't
Million; members pledge an Annual
require a stitch, just a clear shield to
Campaign gift of at least $10,000 over
protect the eye, Shanbom said.
These lens implants don't correct
"It is important to give back to the
pre-existing astigmatism; correction
community that has permitted me the
is available, however, through another
opportunity to do what I do every day','
kind of lens implant (Staar Toric).
Dr. Shanbom said.
Jeffrey Kalt, a Berkley ophthalmolo-
gist, has been a colleague of Shanbom
Name: Steven Shanbom
for years. "He and I share a similar
philosophy of being early adopters of
progressive, cutting-edge technology
and techniques, but never compromis-
ing patient safety," Kalt said.
Helen Brown of West Bloomfield has
been a patient of Dr. Shanbom since
Synagogue: Adat Shalom,
2000. This year, she noticed dimmer
near vision and night glare. She and
Jewish Federation of
the doctor settled on the ReZoom
intraocular lens made by Advanced
Medical Optics. It uses refractive
technology by distributing light simul-
Ave., Berkley, MI 48072. (248)
taneously through five optical zones,
improving the range of vision.
Brown says she now can read the