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Experts to discuss latest advances in refractive surgery at joint meeting of ophthalmology associations.

Four leading refractive surgeons will held a news conference in Orlando, Florida to discuss the latest innovations in refractive eye surgery as part of the 1999 Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (San Francisco, CA; 415-561-8500) and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology.

Marguerite B. McDonald, MD, moderated the news conference, and spoke on the use of the "flying spot" excimer laser in conjunction with corneal topography and wavefront imaging tracking systems to more precisely customize corneas for the correction of nearsightedness. Dr. McDonald, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) and director of the Refractive Surgery Center of the South (New Orleans, LA), was the first to use the excimer laser to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness in human eyes. She has published more than 500 abstracts, articles and book chapters on refractive topics, and has received numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the Academy. She is also the chief medical editor for "Channel 6 News," the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, and has a weekly medical spot on "The Morning Show" each Tuesday.

Stephen G. Slade, MD, FACS, discussed the step-by-step process for performing the LASIK procedure. Dr. Slade practices at the Laser Center of Houston. He is national medical director for TLC, the Laser Center, and directs LASIK courses in North America and internationally. Dr. Slade, who performed some of the first LASIK procedures in North America in 1991, has received numerous awards, including the Honor Award from the Academy. Dr. Slade has co-authored four textbooks on refractive surgery, written numerous articles, book chapters and lectures, and developed many surgical instruments, including a laser delivery system awaiting United States patent approval.

James J. Salz, MD, spoke on the use of LASIK for the correction of farsightedness. Dr. Salz, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), has been a principal investigator in the original FDA trials of photorefractive keratectomy for correction of nearsightedness and in subsequent trials for the photorefractive keratectomy and LASIK correction of farsightedness. He has also studied clear lens extraction for correction of farsightedness, the implantation of intraocular lenses for correction of nearsightedness and farsightedness, and has been a volunteer eye surgeon in Yugoslavia, India, and Cuba. Dr. Salz has given more than 200 lectures to professional organizations, published more than 60 articles on refractive, cataract, and lens implant surgeries, and has been interviewed on the "Today Show," CNN, and numerous local TV stations.

George O. Waring III, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, spoke on the use of intracorneal ring segments for the correction of nearsightedness. Dr. Waring is professor of ophthalmology and director of refractive surgery at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). Dr. Waring was a principal investigator in the clinical trials for intracorneal rings, and has been instrumental in the development and study of bilateral photorefractive keratectomy and LASIK for refractive correction. He has received 60 grants to do research in corneal disease and surgery, and has published more than 200 articles, 60 book chapters, and two textbooks. Dr. Waring received an international scholars award to do research in laser surgery in France, and served as chairman of the department of ophthalmology at the El-Maghraby Eye Hospital (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia). An active teacher, he has trained more than 50 corneal fellows. He has appeared on "Nightline with Ted Koppel," the "McNeil/Lehrer News Hour," ABC's "Nightly News," and frequently on CNN.
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Date:Oct 1, 1999
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