Global Vision Correction Month

July is Global Vision Correction Month

July is Global Vision Correction Month and members of the Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA), a global professional organization of leading eye surgeons, celebrate by sharing their own vision correction surgery to raise awareness on social media, television and on the web.
“We are seeing a 11.8% increase in US LASIK volumes over 2019” reports Guy Kezirian, MD, MBA, RSA founder. “There are good reasons for it. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought vision to the forefront. Glasses can fog up with masks, so not needing to wear glasses becomes essential. The virus brings on new risks with contact lenses since COVID-19 causes conjunctivitis (pink eye). Both glasses and contact lenses make it difficult to keep hands away from the face. Vision correction makes glasses and contact lenses unnecessary.”

Global Vision Correction Month launched in 2019 in celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the FDA approvals for LASIK. Last year RSA Member surgeons from 13 countries participated, operating on over 500 eye professionals. This year we 48 surgeons from 14 countries participating in Global Vison Correction Month. “We can confidently say that Vision Correction Surgery has evolved over the last 20 years – just as much as cell phones, cars and televisions have evolved – it is extraordinary,” says Greg Parkhurst, MD, former RSA president and founder of Parkhurst NuVision in San Antonio, Texas. “Vision correction surgery delivers true, permanent results, is now affordable for nearly everyone and often less costly over time than glasses and contacts, while providing immeasurable lifestyle and safety benefits. It is not just for celebrities and rich people.”

The idea of doctors and surgeons sharing their own surgical experience is novel. “At Williamson Eye Center we perform surgery on many professional athletes, and lots of people hear about that. What they don’t often hear about is how often eye surgeons elect to have laser vision correction on themselves, which is reported to be 5x more often than the general public. This is because we know more than anyone how impactful modern vision correction is. It is truly transformational, often restoring vision to a level considered to be better than perfect.” says RSA member Blake Williamson, MD.

Vision correction impacts people around the globe because of the functional benefits it provides. First-responders, military, actors, athletes, and television personalities are especially likely to have vision correction. Vision correction is increasingly common in the developing world as well, permanently replacing the need for glasses and improving opportunities for jobs and education.
“The Zaldivar Institute in Mendoza, Argentina has been involved in research and development of procedures for decades” says Roger Zaldivar, MD, RSA President. “Modern Vision Correction is truly advanced. We have many procedures and we can treat adults of all ages. LASIK is the most studied procedure in all of medicine, and now we can even correct reading vision in middle age with lens procedures. The impact of our work is very positive. I am honored to be involved with this amazing organization, the RSA.”

Participating RSA Members include:

Thomas Abell, MDAbell Eyes, USA
Juan G. Arbelaez, MDMuscat Eye Laser Center, Oman
Shamik Bafna, MDClear Choice Custom LASIK Center, USA
Leonard Bley, MDLaser & Microsurgery Institute/ NY Lasik, USA
Marc Bosem, MDCorrectVision Laser Institute, USA
Francesco Carones, MDCarones Vision, Italy
Y. Ralph Chu, MDChu Vision Institute, USA
Lourens Coetzee, MDEnvision Centre for Sight, South Africa
Arthur B. Cummings, MD, FRCSWellington Eye Clinic, Ireland
Michelle L. Diaz, MDAtlantic Eye Institute, USA
Paul Dougherty, MDDougherty Laser Vision, USA
Ali Fadlallah, MD, MS, PhDUltraLasik Eye Center, UAE
Joaquín Fernández, MD, PhDQvision, Spain
Andrei Filip, MD, PhDAma Optimex Eye Clinic, Romania
Joshua Frenkel, MDWang Vision Institute, USA
Gregory Hayden, MDHayden Vision, USA
Mitch Jackson, MDJacksoneye, USA
Dylan Joseph, MBChB, FCOSADr Dylan Joseph, South Africa
Michael Keil, DOKeil Lasik Vision Center, USA
Guy M. Kezirian, MD, MBARefractive Surgery Alliance, USA
Lance Kugler, MDKugler Vision, USA
Keith Liang, MDKeith Liang, MD at Center for Sight, USA
Robert Lin, MDIQ Laser Vision, USA
Michael Manning, MDGulfcoast Eye Care, USA
Lisa McIntire, MDHeart of Texas Eye Institute, USA
Erik Mertens, MD, FEBOphth. – Medipolis, Belgium
Richard Miller, MDMiller Eye Center, USA
Brett Mueller II, MD, PhDParkhurst NuVision, USA
G. Peyton Neatrour, MDBeach Eye Care, USA
Todd Nickel, DOHeaton Eye Associates, USA
Richard Norden, MDNorden Laser Eye Associates, USA
Gregory Pamel, MDPamel Vision and Laser Group, USA
Gregory Parkhurst, MDParkhurst NuVision, USA
Randal Pham, MD, MSAesthetic and Refractive Surgery Medical Center, USA
Isaac Porter, MDPorter Ophthalmology, USA
Jay Rudd, MDAurora LASIK, USA
Ehsan Sadri, MDVisionary Eye Institute, USA
Matthew Sharpe, MDSharpeVision MODERN LASIK, USA
Steven B. Siepser, MDSiepser Laser Eyecare, USA
Raymond Stein, MDBochner Eye Institute, Canada
Aleksandar Stojanovic, MD, PhD – Smile Eyes AS, Norway
Matthew Swanic, MDLas Vegas Eye Institute, USA
Suphi Taneri, MDZentrum für Refraktive Chirurgie, Germany
Tom Tooma, MDNVISION Eye Centers, USA
Aaron Waite, MDWaite Vision, USA
Mark Wevill, MBChB, FRCSLaser Eye Birmingham, UK
Blake Williamson, MD, MPH, MSWilliamson Eye Center, USA
Roger Zaldivar, MDInstituto Zaldivar SA, Argentina

RSA Member practices around the world will celebrate Global Vision Correction Month by performing surgery on fellow eye surgeons, optometrists, family members and the people in their communities and then sharing these experiences on all forms of media.

Last year, Dr Williamson had his own eyes corrected with a LASIK procedure during Global Vision Correction Month 2019. Here is his story…

The RSA is also inviting the public to upload videos about their experience with vision correction during Global Vision Correction Month.

Uploads videos of your Vision Correction Experience Here…