LASIK Documentary to Debut at ASCRS Symposium Features San Diego Ophthalmologist

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San Diego LASIK surgeon Dr. Steven Schallhorn is featured in the documentary Refractive Surgery (LASIK) in the Military, which will debut at the 2011 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Symposium in San Diego from March 25-29. The film documents the laser vision correction investigation and eventual LASIK approval process by the Department of Defense and NASA that started with local surgeons Michael Gordon, MD and Retired U. S. Navy Captain Schallhorn 15 years ago.

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Gordon & Weiss Vision Institute in La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Refractive Surgery (LASIK) in the Military will debut at the 2011 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium at the San Diego Convention Center from March 25-29. The film features Retired U. S. Navy Captain Steven Schallhorn, MD, a local ophthalmologist at Gordon & Weiss Vision Institute, and leads the audience through the investigation and ultimate approval of LASIK by the Department of Defense and NASA.

A retired Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot and Top Gun Instructor, Dr. Schallhorn was responsible for the major clinical trials conducted by the Navy for the Department of Defense over a 15 year period. Under his guidance, all three branches of the service started the Department of Defense “Warfighter Refractive Surgery Program,” which led to the creation of numerous refractive surgery centers throughout the military, as well as a landmark program to treat Naval Academy Midshipmen prior to graduation.

While characterized as an elective surgery, Dr. Schallhorn says refractive surgery has profound and even life-saving operational implications for service members in high risk warfare specialties. Navy SEALS and Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel routinely report that Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) or LASIK procedures have improved their chances of survival in training and combat.

Through his work as Program Manager for Navy Refractive Surgery, and as a consultant to NASA, Dr. Schallhorn was responsible for major breakthroughs in clinical trials. Based on these studies, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and NASA all approved laser vision correction.

About Dr. Schallhorn
Dr. Steven Schallhorn twice received the Legion of Merit, which is the highest peacetime award given by the Department of Navy for outstanding service as a visionary leader in refractive surgery. He also received the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff award for excellence in Military Medicine. Dr. Schallhorn is now in private practice at Gordon & Weiss Vision Institute in San Diego, and serves as the Global Director for Optical Express, the largest provider of refractive surgery in the world.

Gordon & Weiss Vision Institute is located at 8910 University Center Lane, Ste. 800, UTC- La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92122, and can be reached at (858) 455-6800, or found online at either http://www.gordonweissvision.com or the Gordon & Weiss Vision Institute Facebook page.

Read the full article here: Dr. Schallhorn’s LASIK documentary

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