William J. Lahners, M.D., F.A.C.S.
LASIK, Cataract & Lens Replacement Surgeon
Location: Venice and Sarasota
A specialist in All Laser LASIK, cataract and glaucoma surgery, Dr. William J. Lahners uses today’s advanced surgical and laser technology to help people enjoy life free from glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Lahners earned his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas, and his medical degree from Louisiana State University, graduating with honors. During his medical education, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, was one of only six students to complete the four-year honors research program, and was awarded the Luis Perez Award for excellence by the Department of Ophthalmology. He continued his education with a combined internship in Medicine and Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, a residency in ophthalmology at Emory University, and a prestigious fellowship at the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis.
In a profession where experience truly matters, Dr. Lahners is at the forefront of laser vision correction and cataract surgery. He performs more vision correction surgeries than 99% of his U.S. colleagues. In addition, he has authored many papers and textbook chapters on cataract surgery and laser vision correction. In 2003, he was invited to be one of the 11 investigators in the U.S. for Custom Cornea — wavefront technology that has revolutionized the way that vision is corrected surgically. He is experienced in all types of refractive surgery including intraocular lenses such as the ICL™, ReSTOR®, Crystalens®, and Epi-LASIK.
Dr. Lahners has been a pioneer in Femtosecond Lasers — the technology used in All Laser LASIK and Laser Cataract Surgery. He was the first surgeon on the west side of Florida to use this technology in All Laser LASIK and the fifth surgeon in the country performing laser assisted corneal transplant surgery. Because of his vast experience with femtosecond lasers, he was invited to be the editor of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s online textbook chapter on femtosecond laser technology.
In addition to his certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Lahners is also board certified in LASIK by the American Board of Eye Surgery. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgery, and a founding member of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons.
Dr. Lahners was recently awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s prestigious Achievement Award for his research and presentations on vision correcting technologies including LASIK and advanced technology lenses.
Dr. Lahners lives in Sarasota with his wife and two children. He enjoys flying, reading and tennis.
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