SOURCE: Diamond Vision
January 04, 2007 15:52 ET
"Bladeless" IntraLase LASIK Adopted by U.S. Military
Diamond Vision Medical Director Steven Stetson, MD, Confirms Superior Results With Procedure
GREENWICH, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 4, 2007 -- IntraLase Corp. announced recently that it
has won a Department of Defense deal where all branches of the military
will use the IntraLase vision correction method.
The five-year contract with the Defense Logistics Agency is valued at up to
$45 million. The federal agency said it will use the IntraLase method for
the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.
On December 11th, 2006, IntraLase Corp. announced the first-time use of its
technology on a naval aviator.
"This remarkable endorsement, coming after a thorough process of clinical
studies, confirms the advantages of blade-free IntraLase LASIK," said
Steven Stetson, MD, who was Medical Director of the U.S. Air Force Academy
Laser Eye Clinic before becoming Medical Director of Diamond Vision, the #1
LASIK practice in the New York metropolitan area. Diamond Vision was the
first to offer CustomVue IntraLase LASIK in New York, New Jersey and
Connecticut, and to teach it to other doctors.
The IntraLase FS laser is an all-laser, blade-free LASIK procedure that the
company says can provide better visual outcomes than rival procedures. More
than 1 million LASIK procedures using the IntraLase method have been
performed to date.
"As the largest provider of IntraLase LASIK in the New York metropolitan
area, we are familiar with the enhanced safety and predictability of this
procedure," said Steven Stetson, MD. With IntraLase, the first part of the
surgery, the creation of the flap, is no longer done manually, but with a
highly predictable, computer-guided laser beam. "Many studies show that
patients see better after IntraLase LASIK. Our own Diamond Vision survey
showed a four-fold decrease in the need for an additional enhancement
procedure after IntraLase," added Stetson. Diamond Vision has seven offices
in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
According to Market Scope, a St. Louis-based newsletter that specializes in
the refractive eye surgery market, LASIK is now the most common elective
surgery in the United States and generated $7.1 billion in revenue
worldwide in 2006. Every year, approximately 1.4 million refractive
procedures are performed with the excimer laser in the U.S. alone.
With 518 lasers installed worldwide as of September 30, 2006, IntraLase
Corp. reported approximately 363,000 procedures performed in the first nine
months of 2006, representing a near 50 percent increase in volume over the
same period in 2005.
About Dr. Stetson
Dr. Stetson is former Medical Director of the U.S. Air Force Academy Laser
Center, where he pioneered LASIK and earned numerous awards. Born and
raised in Connecticut, Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate
University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the
University Of Vermont College Of Medicine. He distinguished himself again
in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest
percentile of senior and first year residents in the Ophthalmology
Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more then
10,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since
2003 before becoming Medical Director in 2005.
About Diamond Vision
Headquartered in Greenwich, CT, with offices in Manhattan, Long Island,
Northern New Jersey, Westport and Hartford, CT, Diamond Vision is the
highest volume provider of IntraLase "blade-free" LASIK in the Northeast.
Diamond Vision was an early adopter of IntraLase LASIK thanks to its focus
on safety and technological advancement.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Stetson, contact
Diana Federico at 1-800-984-2020.