Dr. Rivers and co-authors recently published “Small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) in the U.S. military: prospective study of visual and military task performance” in the December 2021 issue of The Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. As part of his last duty station in the US Army, Colonel (retired) Rivers assessed early visual outcomes and military task performance after SMILE laser eye surgery among U.S. military service members. The study included patients choosing to undergo the SMILE procedure and tested their vision, functional performance and satisfaction before and after surgery. The study found that after the early recovery period, SMILE laser eye surgery seems to preserve quality of vision and appears to facilitate the accomplishment of tasks related to their work and life with over a 90% satisfaction rate.
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“I’m honored to have our research featured in the December issue of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. One of the things I miss the most about being in the military is the opportunity to help advance military medicine which results in better outcomes for our Nation’s military members. A huge thank you goes to the research team at the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program and Research Center (WRESP-RC) at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Rodgers and the two wonderful women pictured in this photo.”- Dr. Rivers