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General LASIK Resources

LASIK Eye Surgery General Resources

Certification Agencies
Federal and State Health Agencies
Eye-Related Publications



Eyeonics manufactures, the Crystalens, intra-ocular lens (IOL) implants for cataract and RLE procedures, which are designed to reduce the need for reading glasses. For more information, please visit


Refractec developed and manufacturers the devices for the NearVision CK (Conductive Keratoplasty ) procedure. This is a non-laser procedure developed specifically for individuals who need reading glasses due to presbyopia and who are generally over the age of 40. NearVision CK is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that involves no cutting of your cornea. For more consumer information about NearVision CK (Conductive Keratoplasty), please visit


STAAR manufactures the Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens), which is a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) designed for the treatment of high nearsightedness (myopia) beyond the range of LASIK and other laser vision procedures. For consumer resources on their website, please visit

Advanced Medical Optics Verisyse (only nearsightedness in U.S.)

Advanced Medical Optics manufactures the Verisyse™ Phakic intraocular lens (IOL), which provides high-quality, high-contrast vision for high nearsightedness (myopia) beyond the range of LASIK and other laser vision procedures. For more information, please visit

Certification Agencies

There are many organizations that offer certifications of eye surgeons; however, the qualifications for certifications are often subjective to the organization. Some agencies that issue certifications rely solely on consumer feedback, which means that the patient may give a negative review of a surgeon because of complications from risks the doctor may have very clearly made the patient aware of before operation. As with any surgery, there are risks and there are no guarantees. Here at the Trusted LASIK Surgeons website, our surgeons are among the most trusted because of our unique screening process. For more information, please see our discussions on Why Choose a Doctor listed at TLS? and How Are Doctors Qualified at TLS?

The most generally recognized certification comes from the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), is the oldest certifying board in the United States, which is listed below.

The second best resource for certifications is to check with the manufacturer of the medical devices that will be used in your operation. For example, if you were having LASIK performed, you should check with the manufacturer of the laser(s) to ensure that the laser the eye surgeon intends to use on your eye is approved by the FDA and that the surgeon is certified by the manufacturer of that laser. For links to those manufacturers who have FDA-approved laser and other refractive surgery devices, please see Laser and Other Refractive Surgery Manufacturers.

American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)

Founded in 1916, the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons) in the United States. The ABO was the first American Board established to certify medical specialists and is one of 24 specialty Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Medical Association.

State Medical Licensing Agencies

Ingeneral, state medical licensing boards only certify that a doctor is licensed to practice medicine in a particular state. These medical boards do not certify medical doctors for the practice of Ophthalmology. For a directory of state medical licensing boards for the U.S., including website links, phone numbers and addresses of state medical licensing agencies, please visit Federation of State Medical Boards Directory.


Ophthalmologist Organizations. The top organizations for Ophthalmology are comprised of eye medical doctors throughout the United States and the world, so the website content is focused to a more clinical audience. However, as these organizations provide their members with the latest research and developments for LASIK and other refractive surgery procedures, it makes common sense that any eye doctors performing such laser vision procedures would be a members of at least two of these organizations and likely all three..

American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (the Academy)(AAO) is the largest national membership association of eye medical doctors, including ophthalmologists, medical and osteopathic doctors who provide comprehensive eye care. More than 90% of practicing U.S. eye medical doctors are Academy members, and the Academy has more than 7,000 international members.  

The International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)

The International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (ISRS/AAO) is the world’s largest and strongest eye care organization solely dedicated to refractive surgery. It has a strong international presence, with over 2,300 members from more than 80 different countries. The ISRS/AAO keeps members informed on the latest clinical and research developments in refractive surgery through its innovative educational programs, clinical journal, monthly newsletter and meetings around the world.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) distributes information and encourages communication among ophthalmologists about general eye care, intra-ocular lens implantation and refractive surgery procedures.

Federal and State Health Agencies

National Institute of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research Agency includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit National Institute of Health.


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Eye-Related Publications

The following websites offer searches of articles and studies published in various professional medical journals, which may be useful to see if your eye surgeon is active in research.

Ocular Surgery News

The Ocular Surgery News website provides the latest news and articles from Ocular Surgery News, Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging, and the Journal of Refractive Surgery. The website may be accessed at Ocular Surgery News Supersite

The Archives of Ophthalmology

The Archives of Ophthalmology is an international peer-reviewed ophthalmology and visual science journal. The website may be accessed at Archives of Ophthalmology.

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