At the forefront of laser eye surgery research

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

Since the beginning of his career, Professor Reinstein – founder and Medical Director of 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.

In April 2018, Professor Reinstein, alongside Dr Timothy Archer and Mr Glenn Carp, authored The Surgeon’s Guide to SMILE: Small Incision Lenticule Extraction textbook. This book is designed as a surgical video fellowship focusing on the granular details of every aspect of patient preparation and management, focusing on performing a perfect routine SMILE procedure. The protocols and methods are sourced in both the published scientific evidence and the extensive experience of the London Vision Clinic team.

Working with Professor Reinstein, Mr Stuart, and Mr Carp, Tim reviews every procedure, monitoring results and continuously looking for ways to 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 only review a small sample of their total procedures and rarely publish them in peer-reviewed medical journals.

We believe that the only way of achieving the best possible results is to evaluate every single procedure statistically continuously; 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 of Oxford University, where he gained an MA in Mathematics and 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. Still, 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 and managing the Electronic Medical Records system.

Over the last 20 years, Tim has built up the London Vision Clinic research output to produce more than one scientific peer-reviewed publication each month and oversee 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 isn’t easy 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.

Marina
Research Assistant

Marina moved to London in 2014 and graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. Before joining the London Vision Clinic, Marina previously worked as an optical consultant for five years. During her free time, she enjoys travelling, trying new places to eat, spend some time with her friends and family and playing sports.

“Working at LoVC has been absolutely fantastic! I am able to learn something new every single day and be a part of an amazing and hard-working team. A combination of personal skills and learning from the best help our team provide the finest treatments available”
Marina
Dr Ryan Vida
Research Optometrist

Dr Vida joined the London Vision Clinic in early 2017 and joined 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. Before 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. During those 5 years in Los Angeles, 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
Enrico
Technical Manager – Medical Equipment
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