A Brief History Of Professor Dan Reinstein

It’s a challenge to condense the work of one of the world’s most revered laser eye surgeons into just a few words, but such a challenge is quite fitting when talking about Professor Dan Reinstein.

Over his career of 30 years, Prof Reinstein has gained an international reputation as a pioneering LASIK surgeon. His work, and his clinical practice London Vision Clinic, are regularly featured in the media, and Prof Reinstein himself has been an interviewee on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4, and Sky News, along with being the laser eye specialist for 10 Years Younger and Extreme Makeover UK.

Prof Reinstein has:

  • Published 165 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals
  • Written and contributed to 46 book chapters
  • Written over 200 articles for the ophthalmic press
  • Presented or published 227 scientific papers or abstracts
  • Delivered over 1000 lectures at professional meetings on five continents
  • Been a moderator or panelist for over 100 scientific international meeting panels.
  • Written a textbook on SMILE.

The Career Of A Pioneer

After graduating with honours from Cambridge University, the young Dan Reinstein went on to study several postgraduate qualifications including an MA, MB BChir, FRCS, and MD. Once fully qualified as a LASIK surgeon, Doctor Reinstein joined a research project at Cornell University, New York. It was here where he first discovered how ultrasound could be used to measure the thickness of the cornea to within one micron—1/1000 of a milimetre.

Doctor Reinstein immediately applied his findings and built a prototype of what would later become known as the Artemis Insight 100™ scannerthe world’s most accurate corneal scanner.

Soon after, he became Chief Medical Officer of a group of 58 laser eye surgeons over 28 clinics across North America. Under the leadership of Professor Reinstein, the group became the world’s largest provider of Laser Vision Correction, performing over 100,000 procedures a year.

His involvement in pioneering projects didn’t end there, as he became a member of a specialist team at Meditec (later Carl Zeiss Meditec)—the team which developed the revolutionary MEL 80 laser which soon became the benchmark laser for the industry.

In 2002, Prof Reinstein founded London Vision Clinic, with the aim of providing the public with exceptional surgical skill, the latest in laser technology, and the very best in patient care. His overarching vision was to establish the world’s leading Laser Eye Surgery clinic.

More recently, Prof Reinstein has continued to be a significant proponent in the advancement of Laser Eye Surgery. The ReLEx SMILE procedure pioneered by Carl Zeiss Meditec—for which Prof Reinstein holds a joint patent for—has set in motion a new era in refractive surgery, chiefly due to its less invasive nature, which allows the surgery and recovery time to be reduced to a fraction of that of other treatments.

If you would like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic, or find out more about Prof Reinstein and our team of expert laser eye surgeons, give us a call on 020 7224 1005, or leave us a comment below.