Dr Stephen Slade

About Stephen Slade

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.

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. 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. 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. 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”.


Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – fellow
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – fellow
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) – fellow
  • American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES)- fellow
  • International Intraocular Implant Club (IIIC) – member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) – member
  • Texas Ophthalmology Association (TOA) – member
  • Houston Ophthalmology Society (HOS) – member