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 and Minnesota Eye Consultants.
Dr. Lahners has a special interest in refractive surgery and has authored many papers and textbook chapters on the subject, in addition to being a principal investigator for ongoing FDA LASIK and Intraocular Lens Studies. He is experienced in all types of refractive surgery including intraocular lenses such as the ICL, ReSTOR, ReZoom, Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) and Epi-LASIK.
Dr. Lahners is also interested in improving modern glaucoma surgery and has been a clinical investigator for various types of non-penetrating glaucoma surgery such as the AquaFlow device.
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 the American Medical Association.
Dr. Lahners lives in Sarasota with his wife and two children. He enjoys weightlifting, windsurfing, flying, boating, fishing, reading and tennis.