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LCA-Vision Celebrates One Million Laser Vision Correction Procedures at Its LasikPlus(R) Vision Centers

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 7:01 AM

Pioneer and Leader in Laser Vision Correction Celebrates More Than Half a Million Lives Transformed ... and Counting

CINCINNATI, July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LCA-Vision Inc. (Nasdaq: LCAV), a leading provider of laser vision correction services under the LasikPlus(R) brand, today announced that one million laser vision correction procedures have been performed at its LasikPlus(R) vision centers. LCA-Vision opened its first laser vision correction center in Cincinnati, Ohio shortly after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the technology to perform procedures in October 1995.

'We are excited to reach this key milestone of one million laser vision correction procedures, which we attribute to our company-wide ability to stay in step with evolving technology as we transform the lives of thousands of patients,' said LCA-Vision's Chief Executive Officer Steve Straus. 'I would like to thank our employees and surgeons for their hard work and dedication to our company, and for their commitment to treating more than 500,000 patients. For nearly 13 years, they have provided positive experiences and excellent clinical outcomes that are the hallmark of the LasikPlus(R) brand.'

The celebration procedure was performed by Dr. Eugene Smith at the company's Galleria LasikPlus(R) vision center, located in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. Representing LasikPlus(R) as the patient who received the one millionth procedure is Jenny Conley, a Canton, Georgia resident who was referred to LasikPlus(R) by friends and co-workers who also had their LASIK procedures performed by Dr. Smith. Dr Smith performed the iLASIK(TM) procedure on Conley. The iLASIK(TM) procedure uses the industry's most advanced technology from Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) at every step - from Conley's personal vision evaluation where Dr. Smith created an individualized 3-D map of her eyes using WaveScan(TM) technology; to a precise flap using the IntraLase(R) laser, and finishing with excimer laser vision correction using VISX technology, all part of AMO's Advanced CustomVue(TM) procedure, one of the most customized forms of laser vision correction available today.

'Laser refractive surgery has gone through an amazing evolution since the technology was first developed in the 1980s. Ten years ago there were only two laser refractive procedures available to consumers in the United States, PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) and traditional LASIK (Laser in situ Keratomileusis),' said Dr. Smith.


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