The Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA) is a network of refractive surgery professionals who are dedicated to the advancement of the practice of refractive surgery through education, collaboration and mentorship. Through several ongoing initiatives we support refractive surgeons and their practices to bring the benefits of refractive surgery to more people. Our scope is global, with members in more than 38 countries. Our work is universal and reaches people all around the globe and at all points on the socioeconomic spectrum.
Refractive surgery is no longer considered an elective procedure for the wealthy. It has become a functional procedure for everyone who wants to improve their performance, complete their studies, do their job, and enjoy their life with great vision, and without the hassle and risks inherent in glasses and contact lenses. Refractive surgery offers many procedures that improve vision for people of all ages.
Refractive surgery is evolving rapidly. The RSA offers educational support to refractive surgeons at all stages of their career, from residents through fellows, and practicing surgeons. RSA programs also reach practice executives, optometrists & collaborative care colleagues, technicians, and the public.
The collaborative culture of the RSA enjoys the support of its Members who share their contributions to refractive surgery, support one another and mentor the next generation of refractive surgeons, optometrists, and collaborative care team members. This unique blend of diversity and expertise fosters innovation and elevates the standard of excellence.
RSA projects are entirely self-funded. The RSA does not accept funding, contributions, or grants from manufacturers and suppliers—all activities are funded by the Members. Financial independence provides the RSA with the ability to speak truthfully based solely on science, outcomes, and experience, and free of financial bias.
The RSA produces many high-quality educational webinars, offers active email Forums for its Members, and holds exclusive events that are uniquely tailored around timely interests. The RSA has brought high-value, unbiased refractive surgery education to all eye care professionals regardless of geography or pedigree. We welcome Members who share our values and want to contribute to our shared, collaborative mission.
RSA Members appreciate the value of shared knowledge. We believe that once the world knows what we know, refractive surgery will become the primary care option for all forms of vision correction. We realize that by working together refractive surgery will thrive. Our vision is to grow refractive surgery based on education, transparency, collaboration, truth in advertisement, accurate data, excellent results, and unparalleled customer service.
Lisa McIntire, MD – RSA President
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