Mr Steve Schallhorn

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Mr. Schallhorn is one of the most respected Refractive Surgeons in the world. He has performed more than 50,000 laser vision correction procedures and is Chairman of the Optical Express International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB).

Mr. Schallhorn has been an Ophthalmologist for more than 25 years, is a retired United States Navy Captain, the former Director of Corneal Service and Refractive Surgery at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Refractive Surgery Program Manager for the United States Navy. He was the first Surgeon in the United States Department of Defence to perform LASIK and PRK procedures and implant phakic intraocular lenses. He also created and initiated the first refractive surgery programme for the United States Armed Forces that studied the visual recovery and performance characteristic of PRK and LASIK before excimer lasers were FDA approved.

His many honours include the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Excellence in Military Medicine, the Lans Distinguished Refractive Surgeon Award presented by the International Society of Refractive Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, October 2004 and the Navy Legion of Merit Medal.

Mr. Schallhorn is recognised by his peers as an expert in refractive surgery and in anterior segment surgery and is one of only a small group of excimer laser instructors in the United States. He receives numerous requests to instruct at optical training courses nationwide, is sought after throughout the industry for training and is a visiting professor of medicine at Harvard, USC, UCSF and Baylor University.

Mr. Schallhorn serves as a consultant to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He is an advisor for refractive surgery to Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Turkey. He also has worked with all five branches of the United States Armed Forces including the US Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard.

An avid researcher, Mr. Schallhorn served as a clinical investigator on numerous Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trials over the past 25-years. He has presented more than 200 clinical papers, has made countless presentations throughout America, Europe and Asia and is the author of many academic journals and papers.

Before entering medical school, Mr. Schallhorn had a successful career as a Naval Aviator and TOPGUN instructor in the US Navy. where he instituted and directed a multi-year project that resulted in enhanced combat survivability of aircrew through the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory (NAMRL). While he was a TOPGUN instructor, Miramar Screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. interviewed him as the basis for the movie Top Gun and alhough the movie is a fictitious portrayal of Naval Aviation, many of the events in the movie were based on stories relayed by Mr. Schallhorn.

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