LASIK Techniques: Pearls and Pitfalls

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Slack, 2004 - Medical - 205 pages
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LASIK Techniques: Pearls and Pitfalls is a focused, practical text that contains numerous insights and pearls to assist with LASIK surgery. Utilizing an interview-style format to present the similarities and differences in the LASIK operating procedures, this book compares and analyzes the experience of 10 influential refractive surgeons.

Editors J. Kevin Belville, MD and Ronald J. Smith, MD, MPH, FACS designed this resource for the surgeon familiar with LASIK, but who wants to improve his or her technique by reading how experts perform this corrective procedure. Questions were presented to the surgeons that focus on practical topics. The presentation of their answers in an organized manner, coupled with the editors' in-depth analysis, enables readers to increase their understanding of targeted surgical techniques.

Tables accompanying the text assist the reader in following the various surgeons' descriptions and suggestions. At the end of each chapter, the editors conduct a comparative analysis of each topic, dissecting areas of resemblance and diversity between the surgeons.

Surgeons interviewed include Arturo Chayet, MD; Eric Donnenfeld, MD; Daniel Durrie, MD; Richard Lindstrom, MD; Robert Maloney, MD, MA (Oxon); Edward Manche, MD; Lee Nordan, MD; Vance Thompson, MD as well as Dr. Belville and Dr. Smith.

Whether you are looking to increase your understanding of LASIK techniques or refining operating procedures to improve surgical results, LASIK Techniques: Pearls and Pitfalls is a great, compact reference to have by your side.

Some Topics Include:

  • Preoperative evaluation of indications and contraindications for LASIK
  • Creating a flap using Hansatome, NIDEK, Moria, ACS, and Intralase kerotomes
  • Laser ablation
  • Management of complications
  • Postoperative care

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About the author (2004)

J. Kevin Belville, MD

This book represents a career-long interest by Dr. Belville in advancing ophthalmic surgical skills. During his residency at Cornell, Dr. Belville was inspired by renowned ophthalmologists, especially Professors Coleman, Lincoff, Chang, Ellsworth, and Abramson, to instruct others.

Dr. Belville experienced his first teaching appointment as Chief Resident at Cornell.

During his year aboard ORBIS, Dr. Belville had the unique opportunity to train surgeons in over a dozen countries worldwide.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Belville has been a clinical instructor, previously at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC, and currently at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Belville has produced instructional LASIK videotapes, written book chapters and journal articles, and has lectured worldwide.

Ronald J. Smith, MD, MPH

Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. He went on to complete a clinical research fellowship with Professor Harvey Lincoff in the Department of Ophthalmology at Cornell/Presbyterian New York Hospital. He acquired his meticulous approach toward teaching surgical skills from Dr. Larry Jindra during his residency in Ophthalmology at SUNY Stony Brook.

In 1995, Dr. Smith entered a 2-year fellowship program in cornea-external ocular disease and refractive surgery at the UCLA/Jules Stein Eye Institute, where he participated in the FDA trials of photorefractive keratectomy and LASIK. His outstanding performance earned him the Clinical Research Award for his work on corneal topography. Working with Robert Maloney, who shaped his analytical approach to evaluating corneal disease and intraocular inflammation, Dr. Smith wrote the first published report on DLK, Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis: Description of a New Syndrome (Ophthalmology. 105:1721- 1729,1998).

During his fellowship training with Drs. Robert Maloney, Bartly Mondino, Gary Holland, and Barry Weissman, he was inspired by the academically rigorous environment of mutually supportive teaching, research and patient care. This example has motivated Dr. Smith to publish his clinical and research findings on LASIK and refractive surgery in the Journal of Refractive Surgery, Ophthalmology, and the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Smith conducts laser vision correction courses in the United States and abroad. After finishing his fellowship, he became the director of a prominent laser refractive center in Beverly Hills. Dr. Smith recently completed a Master of Public Health program at UCLA to further develop his academic skills. He currently serves as an assistant professor at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute and volunteers with the Lions’ Club and Flying Samaritans.

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