At the forefront of laser eye surgery research

Professor Reinstein discusses the recent innovations and research behind Laser Blended Vision, a solution for presbyopia and reading glasses.

Since the beginning of his career, Professor Reinstein – founder and Medical Director of The London Vision Clinic – has been one of the small group of experts pioneering the latest advances in laser eye surgery results and research. They regularly publish laser eye surgery scientific articles and book-chapters in peer-reviewed publications.

Today, the London Vision Clinic demonstrates its commitment to excellence by employing full-time research staff including Oxford and Cambridge educated Research Manager, Dr Tim Archer, and Research Optometrist, Dr Ryan Vida.

 


Working with our surgeons, Tim reviews the results of every procedure, monitoring results and continuously looking for ways we could refine our techniques even further, to improve patient outcomes even if only by a fraction.

Few laser eye surgeons monitor their outcomes scientifically. Most laser eye surgeons who do, only review a small sample of their total procedures and then rarely publish these in peer-reviewed medical journals.

We believe that the only way of achieving the best possible results is to continuously evaluate every single procedure statistically; it is our dedication to detail in every aspect of our work in laser eye surgery that enables us to obtain clinical outcomes which rate as the best results achievable – results which we believe to be second to none in the world.
Tim is also an expert computer programmer, and works with our surgeons to create an individually tailored treatment plan for every eye of every patient, based on the results of our uniquely comprehensive testing and screening.

We use this system to calibrate the laser and refine our surgical technique for every single eye, ensuring it is precisely tuned to the individual patient’s needs.

Dr Tim Archer
Laser Eye Surgery Research Manager

Very few laser eye surgery clinics have staff devoted to LASIK eye surgery and analysis. But for us, research is vital in ensuring our patients get the very best treatment possible.

Our Research Manager and Programmer, Dr Tim Archer, joined the London Vision Clinic in 2003 to research, analyse, and publish the Clinic’s pioneering work in refractive surgery. He is a graduate both of Oxford University, where he gained an MA in Mathematics, and of Cambridge University, where he completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. He has also recently completed a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University.

Most clinics only review a proportion of their surgical outcomes, but Tim works with our surgeons to analyse the results of every single treatment, teasing out opportunities to perfect our approach even further. Tim has applied his computer science background to build and implement various software solutions to maximize the efficiency of data analysis at London Vision Clinic. These have included building the PIQASO II database to automate the analysis of refractive surgery outcomes, as well as managing the Electronic Medical Records system.

Over the last 14 years, Tim has built up the London Vision Clinic research output to be producing more than one scientific peer-reviewed publication each month, as well as overseeing the preparation of over 80 presentations at international conferences each year. This work culminated in April 2018 with the publication of a textbook on SMILE, which he co-authored with our surgeons Prof Reinstein and Mr Carp. This textbook was produced to accompany the training courses run by London Vision Clinic for refractive surgeons and the Postgraduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery at Ulster University, for which he produced a significant proportion of the lecture materials together with the team at London Vision Clinic.

He is also a patient himself, having had his own laser eye surgery with Professor Reinstein in December 2004. Not only that, but Tim’s parents and brother have also had laser eye surgery at the London Vision Clinic. It’s difficult to imagine a clearer sign of faith in a surgeon than recommending him to your closest loved ones.

Born and bred in the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire area, when he is not knee-deep in LASIK and SMILE research, Tim enjoys golf, tennis and football, and ‘playing around with formulas and macros in Excel’. He is a devoted husband and father to a son and daughter.

Dr Ryan Vida
Research Optometrist

Dr Vida joined the London Vision Clinic in early 2017 and joins Dr Archer in world-leading refractive and ocular surgery research. He is a transplant from the United States where he gained a degree in Biology and a Doctorate in Optometry. He then went on to do a post-doctorate residency in refractive and anterior segment surgery in Nashville, Tennessee. He had the privilege of training and working with some of the top surgeons in the world. Prior to coming to the UK to join our research department, Dr Vida was the clinical director at a large cataract and refractive surgery practice in Los Angeles, California. It was during those 5 years in Los Angeles that he developed the love for the research and technology that drives the industry forward.

Outside of the clinic, Ryan’s hobbies include mountain biking and snowboarding. Along with being active, he loves travelling with his wife and 2-year-old son, and his favourite time of day is reading with his son in the morning before work.

“It was an amazing opportunity to join Dr Archer in the research department, as he has a great track record in ophthalmic research. His skill set in mathematics, computer science, and understanding of the technical details of laser eye surgery, along with my clinical training and experience with patient-based research makes us a great team!”
Dr Ryan Vida
Tariq
Technology Manager
Tariq was educated in London (in fact at the same primary school as our two founding Directors) and studied Physics to masters level at Imperial College, London. He learnt to fly fixed-wing aircraft in the RAF Volunteer Reserves and has continued with this passion for the last ten years, becoming an aspiring member of the British Aerobatics Association. Now, when not managing the Clinic’s medical devices and IT, he can be found prepping for his next aerobatic flying competition at White Waltham airfield, the home of British aerobatics.

“There is a direct comparison between the work we do here at London Vision Clinic and the skills that I practice in the air. I strive for precision, efficiency and finesse while always trying to take advantage of the latest and best technologies”
Tariq
Enrico
Laser Programming and Service Technician
Enrico grew up in Italy, after high school he moved to England where he graduated from The University of Kent, with a Bachelor’s in Physics. Enrico has a passion for technology and science and since he joined the clinic in 2016 he has been able to work with some of the most advanced LASER systems and pieces of equipment. His hobbies include reading about scientific innovations, playing football and producing music.

“I’m glad to be part of a team and clinic that goes beyond routine and instead pursues perfection for its patients, both in the clinical aspect and in the overall personal experience.”
Enrico
Ben
Laser Programming and Service Technician
Ben was born and raised in Poole, but moved to London to study for his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science at Middlesex University. He brings a great deal of experience to the clinic from working as an NHS technician with a specialisation in medical technology that compliments his qualifications and interests in physiology. Ben is a keen fitness enthusiast and enjoys playing football.

“I am very pleased to be working in such a prestigious clinic as part of a team with such high standards of excellence. London Vision Clinic is an excellent environment for me to develop my skills and provide the best treatment available for patients.”
Ben

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London Vision Clinic: independently rated as Excellent.

It is only 3 weeks since surgery and still becoming ‘used’ to having no glasses in order to read signs/clocks/text messages etc. Should have done this years ago had the treatment been available. Just cannot praise enough the excellence of everyone at the Vision Clinic in every respect.
Jane Canning

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