SIDNEY — Dr. James R. Rademacher addressed the Kiwanis Club of Sidney during the club’s Aug. 12 meeting.
Rademacher is an ophthalmologist with Valley Eye Institute of Sidney.
Originally from Cincinnati, Rademacher enjoyed both math and science, he said. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in engineering. After seven years as a mechanical engineer with GE in Cincinnati, Rademacher was “eyeing” a change of careers.
With the approval of his wife, he decided to go to medical school. He was exposed to many parts of medicine but found the eye more interesting than any other part of the body.
“I enjoyed the problems with the eye and the solutions of the eye,” he said. “I watched cataract surgery and thought it was the neatest thing I had ever seen.”
He served his residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and found a job in South Carolina. He started working at the Valley Eye Institute about three years ago. Physicians at the institute perform 50 to 60 cataract surgeries a week. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, Rademacher said. The cure is removal. It is the most common procedure in the world. It takes about 20 minutes for the entire procedure and complications are rare. The incision that is made to remove an old lens and insert the new lens is so small that stitches are no longer needed, he added.
Prior to speakers’ remarks, President John Coffield called the meeting to order. Rick Lunsford gave the invocation. Jake Romaker led the Fun & Games activities, which consisted of filling in the blanks about popular TV commercials. Those failing to get all of the correct answers each had to pay a dollar.
Coffield and Jessica Guillozet reported that they had presented programs to S & H Products and Community First to provide information about the Aktion Club. Aktion Clubs are community service clubs designed for adults with developmental disabilities and are sponsored by Kiwanis International.
This article was submitted by Kiwanis Club of Sidney.