The Eyesafe® Vision Health Advisory Board is made up of leading eye care professionals across ophthalmology and optometry. They help to define and shape the future of eye health and vision care delivery through innovation, continuous education, and collaboration. The Vision Health Advisory Board reviews and establishes clinical research, develops industry standards for eye and human health, and collaborates with leading manufacturers.
Ralph Chu, MDEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
H. Burkhard Dick, MD, PhDEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
Chad Dockter, ODEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
David Friess, ODEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
Gary Heiting, ODEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
Mitchell Jackson, MDEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
Paul Karpecki, ODEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
Richard Lindstrom, MDEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
Sheri Rowen, MDEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
Vance Thompson, MDEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
William Trattler, MDEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
Robert Weinstock, MDEyesafe Vision Health Advisory Member
Ralph Chu, MD
Dr. Ralph Chu received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He 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. Dr. Chu is the founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center in Bloomington, MN, and is an internationally recognized leader in cataract and refractive surgery. He has participated in more than 80 clinical evaluations or FDA clinical trials and has lectured and taught physicians, both nationally and internationally, about the latest technological advances in cataract, refractive and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries.
H. Burkhard Dick, MD, PhD
Dr. Burkhard Dick received his medical degree from the University of Giessen in Germany. He specialized in refractive and cataract surgery at the Eye Hospital of the University of Mainz and became head of the hospital’s Refractive Surgical Eye Care Center. In 2006, Dr. Dick became the director of the eye clinic and research center at the University of Bochum. Since then, the Bochum University Eye Clinic has become an internationally renowned institution with a constant output of highly regarded research papers and clinical studies. He became one of the first ophthalmic surgeons in Europe to use a femtosecond laser in cataract surgery has been awarded a number of international honors for his pioneering work. Dr. Dick currently serves as the president of the German Society of Cataract, Refractive and Interventional Surgery (DGII).
Chad Dockter, OD
Dr. Chad Dockter received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, where he also completed an externship in low vision. He is a founding partner of Southwest Eye Care, a network of private optometry clinics with several locations in the southwestern Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. Dr. Dockter provides family eye care and has a special interest in children’s vision.
David Friess, OD
Dr. David Friess 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, KS. 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 currently is vice president, North America Clinical Strategy and Professional Affairs, for STAAR Surgical.
Gary Heiting, OD
Dr. Gary Heiting received his Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California. He has more than 30 years experience as an eye care provider, health educator and consultant to the eyewear industry. His clinical experience has included primary care positions at Ophthalmic Surgeons & Physicians, Ltd. (Tempe, AZ) and Park Nicollet Medical Center (Minneapolis, MN). He also served as Director of Product Development (North America) and Director of Education at Pentax Vision, Inc. and was senior editor of AllAboutVision.com (2008-2019). Dr. Heiting is Director of Vision Research & Standards at Healthe.
Mitchell Jackson, MD
Dr. Mitchell A. Jackson is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. He received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School, completed his internship at Columbus Hospital, and his ophthalmology residency at University of Chicago Hospitals. Currently, Dr. Jackson is the founder and medical director of Jacksoneye, a private ophthalmology practice in Lake Villa, IL, and he also is a clinical assistant at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He has extensive experience in laser vision correction and has performed more than 30,000 LASIK procedures. Dr. Jackson is involved in many FDA clinical trials, including studies related to cataract surgery and the treatment of dry eye, glaucoma and keratoconus.
Paul Karpecki, OD
Dr. Paul Karpecki received his Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in cornea under Daniel Durrie, MD, in affiliation with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He currently serves as Director of Cornea Services for Kentucky Eye Institute in Lexington and for Gaddie Eye Centers in Louisville. He also serves as associate professor at Kentucky College of Optometry and is the 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.
Richard Lindstrom, MD
Dr. Richard Lindstrom received his doctorate degree in medicine from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is the founder and attending surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants, adjunct clinic professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology and visiting professor at the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive, glaucoma and laser surgery. Dr. Lindstrom 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.
Sheri Rowen, MD
Dr. Sheri Rowen received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her surgical internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, along with a two-year research fellowship at the Hospital’s prestigious Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Rowen has served as a clinical instructor at Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland. She is the founder of Rowen Vision & Cosmetic Center in Newport Beach, CA, where she performs advanced cataract surgery, LASIK refractive surgery, and a variety of cosmetic and skin care services.
Vance Thompson, MD
Dr. Vance Thompson is an internationally recognized specialist in laser vision correction and advanced cataract surgery. He is the founder of Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD. He also serves as professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson has played a key role in the development of advanced technologies and techniques for both laser and implant vision correction and has served as the medical monitor lead or principal investigator in more than 65 FDA-monitored clinical trials studying laser and implant surgery. He has lectured and taught advanced laser and implant surgery to thousands of surgeons all around the world.
William Trattler, MD
Dr. William B. 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 completed subspecialty training in cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Trattler is a recognized board-certified ophthalmologist in private practice at the Center for Excellence in Eye Care in Miami, FL, 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 the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Robert Weinstock, MD
Dr. Robert J. Weinstock is a board-certified ophthalmologist who received his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University’s Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL. He completed his residency at St. Louis University School of Medicine and a fellowship at The Eye Institute of West Florida. Dr. Weinstock is Director of Cataract and Refractive Surgery at the Eye Institute of West Florida and at The Weinstock Laser Eye Center in Largo, FL. He also is an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Weinstock speaks and teaches on cataract surgery internationally and continuously participates in clinical research and studies to evaluate new technology.
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.