John S. Jarstad, M.D., medical director and CEO of Federal Way-based Evergreen Eye Centers, has become the first eye surgeon in the Pacific Northwest to implant a new artificial lens for correcting astigmatism and presbyopia.

Jarstad was one of a handful of surgeons nationwide selected to perform implants of the Crystalens Trulign Toric Artificial Lens lens in patients. The lens was granted full FDA approval on May 21 for the correction of vision after cataract surgery in patients who in the past would not qualify for surgery due to astigmatism.

“This gives eye surgeons another important tool in the correction of vision after cataract surgery,” said Jarstad. “The Crystalens Trulign has an exceptional safety record in early clinical trials and remains stable inside the eye to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and now astigmatism following cataract surgery.”

According to Evergreen, Toni Overmyer, who received the clinic's first Trulign implant, was nearly 20/20 without glasses on her first day after surgery — after always being told she would always have a lazy eye and be able to see no better than the largest “E” atop the eye chart due to her astigmatism.

“We are excited to see the improved accuracy and successful outcomes we are now finding when combining the Crystalens Trulign with the new femtosecond laser robotic assisted cataract procedure here at Evergreen Eye Center,” Jarstad said.