Cataract Lens Pioneer Dies

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Dr. Steven Shearing, a Nevada opthalmologic
surgeon who pioneered an implant cataract lens in the 1970s, has
died in Las Vegas. He was 76.

Shearing died Sunday at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas of a brain
aneurysm after complaining of a headache, his wife, Miriam
Shearing, said Monday. The couple had been married 56 years.

The couple married in 1954, when they attended Cornell
University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Steven Shearing became a Fulbright Scholar to the Free
University of Berlin in 1956-57, and obtained his medical degree at
Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his
ophthalmologic residency at the University of California at San
Francisco, where the Stephen P. Shearing Chair in Ophthalmology was established in his name.

In Las Vegas, Shearing developed a commercial intraocular lens
for cataract surgery and was inducted into the Nevada Inventors
Hall of Fame in 1989.

Miriam Shearing is the first woman judge elected in Nevada and
the state's first female Supreme Court justice.

The couple had three grown children - Robert, Laurie and Leslie
-and several grandchildren. They have homes in Las Vegas and the
Lake Tahoe community of Incline Village.

Funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday at Palm
Mortuary on Eastern Avenue in southeast Las Vegas.


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