Optical Express provides strong presence at ASCRS Annual Meeting
on: May 10, 2010, 12:26 pm
Optical Express' chief medical director Steve Schallhorn, in
addition to several other Optical Express surgeons and International
Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) members, have attended and presented at
the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual
The Symposium on Cataract, IOL and Refractive Surgery segment of the meeting brought
together ASCRS members from across the globe to learn about and discuss the newest
trends and technologies in the field of refractive surgery.
Mr Schallhorn presented findings from a number of different studies, in particular
one highlighting the results of a study on corneal thickness. The presentation,
titled 'Should we perform LASIK on thin corneas?' discussed how performing LASIK
on patients with thin corneas is safe and effective. Mr Schallhorn's research
involved 81,715 eyes, a virtually unprecedented amount in the field. He also
presented a poster titled 'Patient Satisfaction After LASIK: Analysis of More Than
15,000 Patients', which discussed the high level of patient satisfaction achieved
after modern LASIK.
Optical Express' UK medical director Professor Jan Venter was also a presenter at
the conference. Prof Venter discussed exciting research comparing different
techniques to perform enhancements. Miss Susanna Boytha, one of the Optical Express
presented as well, assessing various methods of flap creation in LASIK surgery.
Members of Optical Express' IMAB were also actively involved as panellists and speakers. John Vukich, Steven Dell,
Marguerite McDonald, Michael Knorz, Colman Kraff, Stephen Coleman and Stephen Slade
all presented findings of their current and recent research.
"The extensive presence of Optical Express Surgeons and IMAB members at
international meetings really underscores the valuable role that we perform not only
for the refractive surgery community but also the public that we serve," Mr.
Schallhorn said. "It is clear that we are not only the largest provider of
refractive surgery in Europe - we're also leaders in terms of technological
developments and pushing the community forward in terms of safety, effectiveness,
and outstanding clinical outcomes."
The ASCRS was founded in 1974 to encourage discussion and dissemination of
information between ophthalmologists relating to refractive surgery. In addition to
the annual meeting and symposium, the society produces a number of regular
publications, including the Journal of Refractive Surgery. In July 2009, Optical
Express published a supplement in the journal, the first of its kind by a corporate
provider. The ASCRS also provides members with various resources and research
fellowships, and works to further ophthalmic research, public education, and
awareness in developing countries.
About Optical Express:
The Optical Express Group was founded in 1991 and is now a global leader of selected
healthcare services, specialising in opticians services. The group covers optical
stores, refractive laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, glasses, contact lenses as
well as dental clinics.
Optical Express provides trained specialists to help patients determine which laser
eye surgery treatment is best suited to their unique needs and offers the most
advanced eye surgery treatments such as LASEK and LASIK eye surgery as well as
Advanced CustomVue Wavefront and Intralase.
Optical Express is the leading provider of laser eye surgery in the UK and Europe,
with over 100 laser eye clinics including laser eye surgery in London and opticians
offering pre and post-operative care.
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