June 7, 2004

Laser vision offers new options


By Joy Bell

Last month the Emory Eye Center, ranked in the top 15 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of the nation’s best eye centers, opened a refractive surgery center at the Emory Clinic Perimeter. Emory Laser Vision combines the academic prowess of internationally renowned physicians with a state-of-the-art refractive surgery center.

Backed by more than 100 years of eye care at Emory, the facility features four surgeons from the eye center’s renowned cornea and comprehensive sections: Doyle Stulting, Diane Song, John Kim and Bradley Randleman. Bringing their combined experience and academic expertise to the table, these physicians will provide a superior experience to those seeking refractive surgery.

Advanced technology is a hallmark of Emory Laser Vision’s service, offering the most sophisticated equipment available. CustomCornea, for example, measures the quality of vision and provides a wavefront-guided treatment. Allegretto Wave is a revolutionary wavefront-optimized laser, aiming to preserve and improve the quality of vision by tailoring treatment to the natural curved shape of the cornea. These instruments allow Emory Laser Vision to provide a customized laser treatment tailored to the needs of each individual patient.

Heading up Emory Laser Vision is Stulting, who was approved in 1994 to perform the LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) procedure with an excimer laser. That was the first year the Food & Drug Administration, which typically approves devices and drugs for manufacturers, allowed individual physicians to sponsor a clinical trial for a refractive surgical device.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer refractive surgery at Emory,” said Thomas Aaberg, director of Emory Eye Center. “Dr. Stulting brings the highest level of expertise to our center. He is the requested voice of experience by numerous physicians and patients seeking information on refractive surgery.”

Stulting has performed more than 2,000 LASIK procedures, published oft-cited papers in the field and is considered the expert consultant for patients with questions about refractive surgery outcomes. An internationally renowned speaker on both refractive surgery and cornea issues, Stulting is also the editor of Cornea, the leading journal in the field of cornea disease and disorder.

“Emory Laser Vision offers the most sophisticated technology, giving patients the potential for better quality vision than they have ever experienced,” Stulting said. “I am excited to offer superior technology in a state-of-the-art facility staffed by an experienced, dedicated surgical team.”

Emory Laser Vision will offer a free informational session on Thursday, June 17, at noon in Crawford Long Hospital’s classroom C. Kim, one of the center’s four surgeons, will lead the discussion. To register, call 1-866-778-2733 or visit www.emoryhealthcare.org.