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Renowned Glaucoma Surgeon Dr. Baerveldt Joins NVISION®

October 2, 2012

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (Oct. 2, 2012)NVISION® Eye Centers' CEO Todd Cooper announced today the appointment of Dr. George Baerveldt, an internationally renowned glaucoma surgeon. Cooper says Dr. Baerveldt will be performing surgery at the Laguna Hills and Newport Beach NVISION® locations.

"As we continue to grow and expand our business throughout California and beyond, we seek surgeons with impeccable credentials and experience to underscore NVISION®'s status as a premier provider of eye surgery services," says Cooper. "Dr. Baerveldt's international reputation is based on his glaucoma research and surgical innovations."

He developed the Baerveldt™ Glaucoma Implant and presently holds six patents related to this invention. He also invented Trabectome®, a minimally-invasive glaucoma surgical instrument for the treatment of adult and infantile open-angle glaucoma which is performed worldwide. In 2012, the American Glaucoma Society awarded Dr. Baerveldt with the Innovator Award for these surgical contributions."

Born and educated in South Africa, Dr. Baerveldt obtained his medical degree from the University of Pretoria and his residency in ophthalmology at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1980, Dr. Baerveldt was head of St. John's Eye Hospital in Johannesburg when he was recruited as a full-time faculty member at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California.

In 1994, he accepted a faculty position as the Director of Glaucoma at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he remained until joining University of California at Irvine in 1999 as Director of Glaucoma. He was the Irving H. Leopold Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute in Irvine from July 2003 - November 2008.

ABOUT NVISION® EYE CENTERS: NVISION® Eye Centers is the premier provider of LASIK and cataract surgery in the U.S., with centers in California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona and Toronto, Canada. An innovative leader in ophthalmology, NVISION® is dedicated to providing the best patient experience through the use of the latest technology and treatment by the most talented and experienced surgeons in the industry. NVISION® was founded in 2010 by Tom Tooma, M.D., one of the earliest pioneers of LASIK who has performed more than 100,000 procedures throughout his esteemed career. With more than 1,900 eye doctors referring their patients and trusting their own eyes to NVISION® surgeons, NVISION® Eye Centers is the Eye Doctors' #1 Choice®.

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