Durham, North Carolina (PressExposure) August 31, 2011 -- Members of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgery (ACOS) came together in the 1st Annual Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery User's Meeting on July 28-31, 2011. The meeting, held at St. Regis Deer Valley in Utah, was attended by leading pioneers and distinguished experts the field of ophthalmology and refractive cataract surgery.
Over 100 highly-respected ophthalmic surgeons from all over the United States participated. Shareef Mahdavi of SM2 Strategic, and Mark Kontos, M.D., presented best practices for physicians interested in improving patient care and communication utilizing the internet, e-mail, and social media.
Noted eye surgeon, Dr. Alan Carlson, of the Duke Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina, was among those who joined the ACOS meeting via online voice and video conferencing application; Skype.
As a member of ACOS and leading specialist in LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Carlson highlighted the importance of respecting the regulatory (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act - HIPPA), as well as institutional boundaries when dealing with matters related to patient care and communicating by e-mail and social media.
Speaking after the meeting, Dr. Carlson, one of the countries' most highly regarded practitioners of corrective eye surgery, said: "As ophthalmology is at the forefront of new paradigms such as laser eye surgery, it is necessary for the government to establish a set of regulations for the welfare of our patients, and as physicians we are honor-bound to respect them."
"We are expected to provide the best care possible to our patients; we must continue strive to gain added knowledge in our areas of expertise and ensure that we're always working at the absolute highest standard attainable. We have a responsibility to work with extreme care, efficiency and accountability," he added.
Dr. Carlson has performed over 46,000 surgical procedures and has delivered over 300 invited lectures and courses across four continents. Known as a patient caring doctor, Dr. Carlson has earned one of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the medical service field.