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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2003
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AEVR ANNOUNCES A SEPTEMBER 23 CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING:
DEVELOPMENTS IN LASIK AND CORNEAL HEALING

(Rockville, MD). The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research announced today that it will sponsor an educational briefing for Congress on the latest in research in LASIK and corneal healing. The briefing will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2003, from 12 Noon - 1:15 pm in 124 Dirksen Building. Featured speakers include:

AEVR has chosen this topic because refractive surgery is one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the United States, with more than one million people each year using laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). LASIK is medically important for individuals whose vision is limited by corneal scars or opacities and for patients with high levels of astigmatism whose vision is difficult to correct by other means.

The briefing will educate attendees about the important role that the National Eye Institute (NEI) provided in supporting many of the technologies underpinning LASIK, such as eye tracking/laser focusing devices, corneal topographic measuring systems, and studies on the cell biology of corneal wound healing. The NEI continues to support research which will permit future refinements in refractive surgery, such as next-generation lasers, solid-state light sources for corneal sculpting, and wavefront technologies.

AEVR is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Congress and the public about the importance of federal funding for eye and vision research. Founded in 1993, AEVR is the first organization of its kind to bring together stakeholders in the research community-including ophthalmic and optometric professionals, manufacturers, and consumer advocates-to speak with a unified voice about the economic and societal value of eye and vision research.

The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Congress and the public about the importance of federal funding for eye and vision research. AEVR is the first organization of its kind to bring together stakeholders in the research community-including ophthalmic and optometric professionals, consumer advocates, and manufacturers-to speak with a unified voice about the economic and societal value of eye and vision research. Visit AEVR's Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.