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So many things have happened over the last year, and my team and I are so excited to let you in on a few of them! To say that it’s been a crazy year is an understatement, so here’s a recap for you!

New Refractive Director Many of my previous patients knew my Refractive Coordinator, Natalie Helms, who sadly relocated out of North Carolina. We took some time in hunting down the right person to fill that role and are very excited to introduce Adair Bowman as our new Director of Refractive Services. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Adair’s role will be to assure seamless integration of the entire Refractive Service and assist me and my patients with any/all needs associated with iLASIK, Kamra, RLE, ICL, and other refractive surgery procedures. Adair’s background includes work with the Catawba County School System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. If you are coming in for a consultation or calling to set one up, rest assured you will be meeting and speaking with Adair!

Webinar This year I decided to try something a little different. As some of you know, I have always held seminars at my Hickory office that were open to the public for education on my services. While I still really enjoy interacting with everyone, I wanted my patients and potential patients to have the opportunity to hear what I speak about at the seminar in the comfort of their own homes, and on their own time. You can see this seminar anytime on my website I still plan to host a couple seminars throughout the year, and post those dates on the website.

KAMRA™ As some of you may remember we introduced the new KAMRA Corneal Inlay procedure in May of 2015 after FDA approval, and I really just wanted to give a quick recap on this. I am proud to say that I was among the first surgeons in the United States to introduce the inlay, and to date I have performed about 40 cases yielding amazing results! KAMRA is for the Presbyopic patient who really wants to toss those reading glasses. It can be combined with iLASIK if distance correction is needed as well. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the KAMRA inlay is a mini-ring with an opening — or pinhole — in the center. The inlay uses this pinhole to focus light coming into the eye. This restores near vision while maintaining distance vision. This procedure is also completely reversible.

So there it is, our last year in a nutshell! Make sure to stay tuned for the next blog, and if you want to see something specific on the blog, make sure to give us your feedback on our Facebook page. You can leave a comment on our page but be sure to use #graystoneilasikblog to ensure we get it!

If you are interested in learning more about KAMRA or any of the vision correction procedures I perform, call our Refractive Services Director, Adair Bowman, for a complimentary consultation. Adair can be reached at 828-304-6611. We look forward to hearing from you, and stay tuned for the next blog!