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.