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May 6, 2004

Emory Eye Center announces opening of Emory Laser Vision

Emory Eye Center, ranked as one of the top 15 in the U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of the nation's best eye centers, announced today that it will open a refractive surgery center located at The Emory Clinic Perimeter on MAY 10. Emory Laser Vision combines the academic prowess of internationally renowned physicians with a state-of-the-art refractive surgery center.

Backed by more than 100 years of eye care at Emory, Emory Laser Vision will feature four surgeons who are already part of Emory Eye Center's renowned Cornea and Comprehensive sections: Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD, Diane Song, MD, John Kim, MD and J. Bradley Randleman, MD. Bringing their combined years of experience and academic expertise to the table, these four physicians will provide a superior experience to those seeking refractive surgery.

Advanced technology is a hallmark of Emory Laser Vision's service. In keeping with the Emory tradition, it will offer the most sophisticated technology available anywhere. Vision is as unique as one's fingerprint. CustomCorneaTM for example, measures the quality of vision and provides a wavefront-guided treatment. Allegretto WaveTM is a revolutionary wavefront-optimized laser, aiming to preserve and improve the quality of vision by tailoring treatment to the natural curved shape of the cornea. These new instruments allow Emory Laser Vision to provide a true customized laser treatment, tailored to the needs of each individual patient.

Heading up Emory Laser Vision is Dr. Stulting, one of the physicians approved in 1994 to perform the LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) with the excimer laser. This was the first time the federal agency, which typically approves devices and drugs for manufacturers, allowed individual physicians to sponsor a clinical trial for a refractive surgical device.

"We are so pleased to be able to offer refractive surgery at Emory," says Thomas M. Aaberg, Sr., director of Emory Eye Center. "Dr. Stulting brings the highest level of expertise to our center. He is the requested voice of experience by numerous physicians and patients seeking information on refractive surgery," he adds.

Dr. Stulting has been involved in refractive surgery research and clinical trials for the past ten years. He has performed more than 2,000 LASIK cases, published often-cited papers in the field, and is considered the expert consultant for patients with questions about their refractive surgery outcomes. Moreover, his expertise is internationally known, and he is a much sought-after speaker on both refractive surgery and cornea issues around the world. Dr. Stulting is also the editor of the journal Cornea, the recognized journal in the field of cornea disease and disorder.

"Emory Laser Vision offers the most sophisticated technology, giving patients the potential for better quality vision than they have ever experienced," says Dr. Stulting. "I am excited to be able to offer superior technology in a state-of-the-art facility staffed by an experienced, dedicated surgical team."

Informational seminars will be offered to those considering refractive surgery.

EMORY VISION SEMINARS

Please call 404-778-2SEE or toll free at 866-670-2SEE for dates and locations.

For more information on Emory Vision

Media Contact: Joy H. Bell, jbell@emory.edu, 404-778-3711

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