Stephen G. Slade MD, FACS and Richard N. Baker OD have practiced together since 1983. In 1995 they founded the Laser Center of Houston as a referral clinic for patient care, physician education and as an investigational site to advance the art of refractive surgery. Dr. Sara Brown, OD joined the practice in May of 2011. They head a multilingual team of technicians, many of whom have had refractive surgery themselves at the center. They were the first in North America, along with Doctor Stephen Brint of New Orleans, to perform LASIK and have directed the training of most of the surgeons now doing LASIK in the United States. Many of these same surgeons have chosen Dr. Slade for their own surgery. Indeed, Dr. Slade is the “Doctor’s Doctor”, over 400 eye surgeons have chosen us for their own refractive surgery.
We now have the best options that we have ever had to address each patients’ particular refractive error. We are certainly excited about our continued work with LASIK eye surgery, and our advanced scanning Technolas laser, the first in the United States, as well as our new Wavelight laser, the fastest laser available in the United States. We now offer intraocular lenses and “permanent contact lenses” which may be the best option for some patients. We continue to lead the way in new procedures with the laser microkeratome, the first modern inlay procedure in North America and the first accommodating intraocular lens for presbyopia to avoid reading glasses.
We continually try to maximize our outcomes and minimize the chance for complications. We plan to always offer the latest technology and most advanced surgery to help you achieve your best possible vision. We believe the more you know about refractive surgery, the better your experience will be. We want to help you make your decision as informed as possible and in your own time. We hope this information will help. Please feel free to ask us any questions and continue to educate yourself about this technology. Please remember that refractive surgery is elective surgery. The final choice whether to have surgery must be your own. Modern refractive surgery can provide very good results with a minimum of complications, but there will always be some risks. Please feel free to learn if LASIK eye surgery is right for you!