The Eyesafe® Vision Health Advisory Board is made up of leading eye care professionals who are innovators in the fields of ophthalmology and optometry. These distinguished eye doctors provide valuable insights that help drive research regarding the effects of blue light on the eyes and brain. They also help guide the development of Eyesafe® technology and industry standards to limit harmful blue light emitted by the displays of electronic devices and other sources.
Ralph Chu, MD, is founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. He is an internationally recognized leader in cataract and refractive surgery and has participated in more than 80 clinical evaluations and FDA clinical trials. Dr. Chu has taught physicians worldwide about the latest technological advances in cataract, refractive and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and completed his ophthalmology residency at Duke University Eye Center and a fellowship in cornea and external disease, refractive, glaucoma, cataract and lens implant surgery in Minneapolis.
H. Burkhard Dick, MD, PhD, is professor and chairman of the Ruhr University Eye Hospital in Bochum, Germany. He also serves as the president of the German Society of Cataract, Refractive and Interventional Surgery (DGII). Dr. Dick received his medical degree from the University of Giessen in Germany and specializes in refractive and cataract surgery. He was one of the first ophthalmic surgeons in Europe to use a femtosecond laser in cataract surgery and has received a number of awards for his pioneering work.
Chad Dockter, OD, is a founding partner of Southwest Eye Care, a network of private optometry clinics with locations in the southwestern Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota. Dr. Dockter provides family eye care and has a special interest in children’s vision. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, where he also completed an externship in low vision.
David Friess, OD, is Vice President, North America Clinical Strategy and Professional Affairs, at STAAR Surgical (Monrovia, CA). Dr. Friess has more than 15 years of experience in the global eye care and medical device industries, including roles in patient care, clinical research and regulatory strategy, medical affairs and education. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). He also completed a residency in cornea and ocular surgical care at Durrie Vision / Hunkeler Eye Institute in Overland Park, Kansas.
Gary Heiting, OD, is Director of Vision Research & Standards at Eyesafe in Minneapolis. He has more than 30 years of experience as an eye care provider, health educator and consultant to the eyewear industry, including clinical positions at Ophthalmic Surgeons & Physicians, Ltd. (Tempe, AZ) and Park Nicollet Medical Center (Minneapolis, MN). Dr. Heiting also served as Director of Product Development and Education at Pentax Vision, Inc. He received his Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California.
Mitchell A. Jackson, MD, is founder and medical director of Jacksoneye, a private ophthalmology practice in Lake Villa, Illinois. He also serves as a clinical assistant at University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Jackson is a board-certified ophthalmologist and specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. He has extensive experience in laser vision correction and has performed more than 30,000 LASIK procedures. He also is involved in many FDA clinical trials, including studies related to cataract surgery and the treatment of dry eye, glaucoma and keratoconus. Dr. Jackson received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School and completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Chicago Hospitals.
Paul Karpecki, OD, is Director of Cornea Services at Kentucky Eye Institute in Lexington and Gaddie Eye Centers in Louisville. He also is an associate professor at Kentucky College of Optometry and medical director for Kepler Vision and the Dry Eye Institutes of Indiana, Arizona and Colorado. Dr. Karpecki is a recognized dry eye expert and also is the chief medical editor for the journal, Review of Optometry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University and completed a cornea fellowship under Daniel Durrie, MD, in affiliation with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.
Richard Lindstrom, MD, is the founder and attending surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants in Minneapolis. He also is an adjunct clinic professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology and a visiting professor at the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. Dr. Lindstrom is a board-certified ophthalmologist and specializes in corneal, cataract, refractive, glaucoma and laser surgery. He has been at the forefront of many advances in eye care throughout his career and is an internationally recognized researcher, teacher, inventor, writer, lecturer and highly acclaimed physician and surgeon. Dr. Lindstrom received his doctorate degree in medicine from the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Sheri Rowen, MD, is the founder of Rowen Vision & Cosmetic Center in Newport Beach, California, where she performs advanced cataract surgery, LASIK refractive surgery, and a variety of cosmetic and skin care services. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Rowen completed her surgical internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a two-year research fellowship at the Hospital’s prestigious Wilmer Eye Institute. She also served as a clinical instructor at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland.
Vance Thompson, MD, is an internationally recognized specialist in advanced laser vision correction and cataract surgery. He is the founder of Vance Thompson Vision, a private ophthalmology practice and surgical center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He also is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson has played a key role in the development of many advanced technologies and techniques for both laser and implant vision correction surgery and he has served as principal investigator or medical monitor lead in more than 65 FDA clinical trials. He has taught thousands of surgeons worldwide about the latest laser and implant surgery technology and developments.
William B. Trattler, MD, is a recognized, board-certified ophthalmologist in private practice at the Center for Excellence in Eye Care in Miami, where he performs a wide variety of advanced cataract and refractive surgery procedures. He also is on the volunteer faculty at the Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine and at the University of Miami’s renown Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Trattler received his medical degree from University of Miami School of Medicine, where he graduated with distinction in research. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Penn Medicine’s Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia and subspecialty training in cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Robert J. Weinstock, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and Director of Cataract and Refractive Surgery at the Eye Institute of West Florida and at The Weinstock Laser Eye Center in Largo, Florida. He also is an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Weinstock teaches physicians internationally about cataract surgery and he participates in research and clinical trials to evaluate new technology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Rosalind Franklin University’s Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, and completed his residency at St. Louis University School of Medicine and a fellowship at The Eye Institute of West Florida.
This group represents many decades of collective experience in direct patient care, clinical research and product development, peer-reviewed publications, public health advocacy and leadership of eye care organizations. The Eyesafe® Vision Health Advisory Board serves as a source of expert opinion and thought leadership for Eyesafe® products.