helping the world to see
Where global refractive surgeons, ophthalmologists, optometrists, visual scientists, manufacturers, NGO's and governments come together to tackle the Number 1 cause of vision impairment in the world - Refractive Error.
To improve the human condition by preventing and eliminating refractive errors on a global basis, by positioning refractive surgery as primary care for vision correction.
The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences establishes refractive surgery as a specialty. This designation brings together manufacturers, academic institutions, professional societies, NGOs, governments, research organizations, and other entities with clear alignment with the growth of refractive surgery, which we believe enables benefits to all the College’s constituents through the College’s three areas of focus: Accreditation, Certification and Impact.
We further believe the College will amplify our Mission and influence by providing invaluable ties between researchers, clinicians, policymakers, manufacturers, and patients through our efforts in Advocacy, Specialization, and Research.
Founding Board of Directors
Guy M. Kezirian, MD, MBA, FACS, Chairman
Arthur S. Cummings, MD, FRCSEd
Daniel S. Durrie, MD
Osama Ibrahim, MD, PhD
Dan Z. Reinstein, MD, FRCSC, FRCOphth
Charles Williamson, MD
vision correction for all ages
The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences establishes vision correction as a separate medical specialty. Refractive errors affect nearly all of humanity and impact people at all stages of life. The technologies are mature, the procedures are the most studied in the entire history of medicine, and the safety and satisfaction profiles are excellent.
Correcting vision can provide better, safer vision, than treating vision with glasses and contact lenses. Occupational fitness, personal safety, performance, convenience, and lifestyle are all improved, and at a cost which is less than using glasses or contact lenses over time. In the developing world, vision correction can open educational opportunities, job opportunities, and greatly enhance personal safety.
The economic benefits are tremendous – refractive errors and needless cataract blindness cost over $3 Trillion USD in lost productivity. The United Nations recently recognized vision as essential to 8 of the Sustained Development Goals. (https://www.undocs.org/en/A/75/L.108)
Vision correction applies to all four stages of vision development:
- It begins with the onset of myopia with myopia control in children and adolescents. Effective myopia control can help avoid the development of sight-threatening high myopia.
- In young adults, distance vision correction is achieved with laser vision correction and implantable contact lenses, opening career opportunities and saving money over time.
- Vision correction can replace reading glasses with drops, laser vision correction, lens-based refractive surgery.
- Refractive cataract surgery has replaced basic cataract surgery and provides glasses-free vision to seniors, greatly reducing the risk of falls and serious injury while providing better vision and lifestyle benefits.
The amazing advances of modern vision correction are only possible because of the tireless innovation of the legions of visual scientists that research and develop new treatments. The delivery of vision correction is not possible without the collaboration and coordination of surgeons, optometrists, technicians, and administrators. The investments that drive vision correction benefit societies and governments, driving impact investment opportunities.
The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences brings all these stakeholders together under the new specialty of refractive surgery, opening a new era in vision correction. We invite you to join with us as we work to bring vision correction to the world – to all ages and across all socioeconomic sectors.