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Mr. Stephen Slade

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Mr. Slade has the longest experience with IntraLase LASIK in the United States and was the first Surgeon there to implant a lens for presbyopia (age-related loss of close up vision). He is a leading Surgeon in the international community as well as in the LASIK Houston community and is a member of the Optical Express International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB).

He is an active teacher of surgical techniques and has taught and certified over 8,000 Surgeons in LASIK and lamellar refractive surgery. Mr. Slade’s experience with lamellar refractive surgery began in 1980 with epikeratophakia, followed in 1983 with myopic keratomileusis.

Mr. Slade is a native Houstonian and attended Tulane University and the University of Texas Medical School with a final, elective year spent at Guy’s Hospital, London, graduating Summa Cum Laude, with highest honours. He completed a residency at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans and Fellowships in corneal surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and in New York on Project ORBIS. Mr. Slade is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons.

He is highly regarded among other Ophthalmologists and is considered to be the “Surgeon’s Surgeon” as over 450 of his fellow eye surgeons have chosen him to perform their own eye surgery. He is an active researcher and the United States Medical Monitor for several new technologies including the B&L Technolas and ALCON Excimer Laser Custom Vision Clinical Trials. He has received numerous awards including 12 named lectures, Refractive Surgeon of the Year, two China Service Medals and the Summit Technologies Pioneer of Refractive Surgery Award.

In 1991, along with Stephen Brint MD, Mr. Slade performed the first LASIK in the United States. Later he performed the first Custom LASIK ablation based on topography in the United States and has remained on the cutting edge, having the first and longest experience with all laser LASIK, accommodating intraocular lenses for cataract surgery (crystalens) and implantable corneal contact lens.

Mr. Slade was a lead investigator and presented the data to the FDA for panel approval for both the crystalens and the implantable contact lens, and as part of the trial, he implanted the first intraocular lens for presbyopia in North America.

In 2006 the American Academy of Ophthalmology and International Society of Refractive Surgery selected Mr. Slade for the 2007 Barraquer Award and Lecture, the top award in Refractive Surgery. His peers have selected him for inclusion in “Top Fifty Opinion Leaders”, “Top Texas Doctors”, “Best Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America”. He has also received the Honour Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a regular presenter at medical meetings where he has received several “Best Speaker” awards and has twice won First Place at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Film Festival.

Mr. Slade is on several Editorial Boards including the Journal of Refractive Surgery, has produced many articles, book chapters, holds five patents or patents pending in the field and has authored five textbooks on refractive surgery.

He has been featured in numerous news segments aired on CBS, ABC, NBC, UPI International and PBS as well as numerous national affiliate stations. Mr. Slade has also been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. He was the featured Surgeon on the Emmy Award winning PBS documentary “20/10 by 2010?” narrated by Walter Chronkite.

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