The Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA), a professional organization of leading refractive surgeons, awarded Erik L. Mertens, MD, FEBOphth, of Antwerp Belgium, the 2015 Refractive Surgery Alliance President’s Award for best-exemplifying the values and mission of the RSA organization at the ESCRS meeting in Copenhagen Denmark.
“Dr. Mertens is well deserving of this award as he exemplifies the values and mission of the refractive surgery alliance, which is to bring the benefits of vision correction to more people through collaboration, innovation, teaching, and compassion. ” says RSA President, Gregory Parkhurst, MD of San Antonio Texas. “As a leading ophthalmologist recognized throughout the world, we sincerely thank Dr Mertens for his great contributions to the profession of refractive surgery and to his patients.”
Dr Parkhurst goes on to state “Dr. Mertens is also credited with describing the three milestones of vision development: (1) ocular maturity; (2) presbyopia; and (3) cataracts. This simple way of explaining complex yet normal human vision development, helps patients understand they have safe and effective refractive surgery options for each of the three milestones of vision. This frees people to enjoy life uninhibited by the occupational limitations, frustrations, and ongoing costs of prosthetic eyewear.”
Erik L. Mertens, MD is medical director, founder and eye surgeon at his multidisciplinary clinic, Medipolis founded in 2009 in Antwerp Belgium. www.Medipolis.be Dr. Mertens has utilized his expertise to become a specialist in the fields of refractive surgery as well as small incision cataract surgery. His extensive refractive surgery experience has led him to be the first author in 28 international publications, the author of over 300 abstracts in national and international congresses and h has made over 450 scientific presentations both nationally and internationally.