Center For Sight’s Dr. Lahners and Dr. Fezza Earn American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award

Sarasota, Florida – July 26, 2011 – The American Academy of Ophthalmology has announced that Center For Sight’s Dr. William J. Lahners and Dr. John P. Fezza are recipients of its 2011 Achievement Award. This award honors members for their contributions to the Academy and the field of ophthalmology based on points earned by participating in annual meetings, authoring industry papers, supporting advocacy efforts and other activities. The Academy will grant the awards at its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, in October 2011.

Dr. Lahners is a specialist in LASIK, cataract and glaucoma surgery, and has authored many papers and textbook chapters on refractive surgery, in addition to being a principal investigator for ongoing FDA LASIK and Intraocular Lens Studies. He 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.

“It’s an honor to be recognized with this Achievement Award,” said Dr. Lahners, “but the real honor is in helping improve modern glaucoma surgery and developing new types of non-penetrating surgical procedures that deliver life-changing results to my patients.”

Dr. Fezza is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on cosmetic facial and laser surgery, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He is on the prestigious National Education Faculty for Botox, a Lumenis Laser teacher for physicians worldwide, an ad hoc preceptor for ASOPRS fellows and an active Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of South Florida.

“I’m honored to be recognized with this Achievement Award,” said Dr. Fezza. “Ever since I was the lead instructor of the Academy’s first course on cosmetic facial surgery 10 years ago, I have been interested in speaking and teaching others about the most recent facial rejuvenation techniques. At the Academy’s annual meeting in Chicago last year, I was invited to teach a course on upper eyelid tucks to an audience of thousands of people from all over the world. I recently published a paper on that subject in Ophthalmology Times, a national peer-to-peer industry magazine.”

About Center For Sight

With locations throughout Southwest Florida, Center For Sight is the nation’s leading multi-disciplinary physician group providing patients worldwide with advanced healthcare in ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology, cosmetic facial surgery and hearing services. Under the clinical direction of David W. Shoemaker, M.D., and William J. Lahners, M.D., F.A.C.S., Center For Sight has seven offices serving Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties. For more information, visit

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