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A Guide to Laser Vision Correction

Dr. Robert Maloney believes that a well-informed patient is key to successful vision correction surgery. He wants to be sure that you fully understand what you can expect from your procedure you choose.

He wants to help you care for and preserve your eyesight in the best way possible. Here, you can find the information that you need to help you make informed choices about health care for your eyes.

Resources

International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (ISRS/AAO)

PO Box 7424

San Francisco , CA 94120-7424

Phone: (415) 561-8500

www.isrs.org

www.aao.org

The International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (ISRS/AAO) is an international organization of eye-care professionals dedicated to refractive surgery. ISRS/AAO was formed in 2003 when the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Refractive Surgery Interest Group (RSIG) joined forces. ISRS/AAO offers courses, scientific journals, and other educational and professional services to eye doctors. Of interest to consumers are the "Locate an ISRS Doctor" and "Find an Eye MD" search engines located on each Web site. Both list refractive surgeons and board-certified ophthalmologists who specialize in refractive surgery.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

4000 Legato Road, Suite 850

Fairfax , VA 22033

Phone: (703) 591-2220

www.ascrs.org

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) is an international educational and scientific organization whose 8,000 member ophthalmologists specialize in cataract and refractive surgery. ASCRS members are recognized leaders and innovators in ophthalmic surgery worldwide. This site is geared toward physicians, but it also offers helpful consumer eye-care information. The "Find a Surgeon" feature provides a list of ASCRS member eye surgeons by zip code.

Eye Surgery Education Council

750 Washington Street, Box 450

Boston , MA 02111

Phone: (617) 636-5754

www.lasikinstitute.org

This Eye Surgery Education Council organization is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the best possible understanding and practice of LASIK. The site provides comprehensive, consumer-friendly information about LASIK surgery.

National Eye Institute (NEI)

31 Center Drive

MSC 2510

Bethesda , MD 20892-3655

Phone: (301) 496-5248

www.nei.nih.gov

The National Eye Institute (NEI) supports more than 80 percent of the vision research conducted in the United States at approximately 250 medical centers, hospitals, universities, and other institutions. In addition, the Institute conducts studies in its own facilities in Bethesda , Maryland , to combat the myriad eye disorders affecting millions of people worldwide. The site lists current NEI-supported clinical trials and how to participate in them and includes an online fact sheet for finding eye-care professionals and a fact sheet on how to obtain financial aid for eye care. NEI also offers free publications that can be ordered online.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

1007 Church Street, Suite 404

Evanston , IL 60201-5913

Phone Verification on surgeons: (866) ASK-ABMS

Phone: (847) 491-9091

www.abms.org

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the umbrella organization for the twenty-four approved medical specialty boards in the United States . Established in 1933, the ABMS serves to coordinate the activities of its member boards and to provide information to the public, the government, the profession, and its members concerning issues involving specialization and certification in medicine. The mission of the ABMS is to maintain and improve the quality of medical care in the United States by assisting the member boards in their efforts to develop and utilize professional and educational standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists.

Federation of State Medical Boards

Federation Place

400 Fuller Wiser Road, Suite 300

Euless , TX 76039-3855

Phone: (817) 868-4000

www.fsmb.org

The Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc., is a national organization comprising the sixty-nine medical boards of the United States , the District of Columbia , Puerto Rico, Guam , and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The mission is to be a leader in improving the quality, safety, and integrity of health care in the United States by promoting high standards for physician licensure and practice. FSMB operates the Federation Physician Data Center , a nationally recognized system for collecting, recording, and distributing to state medical boards and other appropriate agencies data on disciplinary actions taken against licensees by the boards and other governmental authorities.

Food and Drug Administration

5600 Fishers Lane (HFE-88)

Rockville , MD 20852

www.fda.gov

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees the safety of food, cosmetics, medicines, medical devices, and radiation-emitting products, also has a consumer-friendly Web site. An entire section devoted to LASIK includes educational articles written for the layperson. Also posted are consumer updates, a list of FDA-approved lasers, a directory for consumer and manufacturer calls and complaints, and links to other online FDA manuals and publications. Detailed information about the results of FDA authorized studies are posted on the Web site.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda , MD 20894

Phone: 888-FIND-NLM, 888-346-3656; 301-594-5983

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

Designed primarily for health professionals and scientists, the National Library of Medicine Web site, called MedlinePlus, is a collection of authoritative health information drawn from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. The site offers up-to-date health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, and interactive patient tutorials. Users can view articles on health-related topics from more than 3,500 medical journals and can search through more than 650 topics, including laser eye surgery.

HealthFinder

www.healthfinder.gov

HealthFinder is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Written for the consumer, the Web site features articles on timely health topics, the latest government health news, advice and how-to tips for patients, links to online journals, and links to medical databases. The site also posts LASIK-related Web resources through keyword search.

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