Cataract Surgery Pioneer Dr. Steven Shearing Dies at 76

Written by Rachel Fields | July 12, 2011 | Print  |

Steven Shearing, MD, a pioneer in cataract surgery, died on Sunday at age 76, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal report.

Former Supreme Court Justice Bill Maupin, a friend of Dr. Shearing for more than 25 years, called the physician "one of the most brilliant ophthalmologists this community ever had."

Dr. Shearing developed the first compressible lens in the 1970s, revolutionizing cataract surgery by placing springs on the implants to keep them in place. He patented and received widespread recognition for the Shearing lens, which allows millions of people to enjoy better eyesight.

Dr. Shearing began practicing ophthalmology in Las Vegas in 1969 and founded the Shearing Eye Institute in Las Vegas. He retired in 2000.

Read the Las Vegas Review-Journal on cataract surgery.

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