Dr. Roy Rubinfeld

Leading LASIK Surgeon Donates Surgery to Local Hero

Local hero, Rob Scheer and his family

Local hero, Rob Scheer and his family

Dr. Roy Rubinfeld will donate laser vision correction to former homeless teen who grew up to start his own charity for needy kids.

 

WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 29, 2016)—On November 30th, Dr. Roy Rubinfeld, a renowned laser vision correction surgeon from Washington, DC, will donate a laser vision correction procedure to Rob Scheer, a former foster child who now works to better the lives of children in the foster system. Dr. Rubinfeld, who was the first doctor in the Washington area to treat laser vision correction patients nearly thirty-years-ago, hoped to give back to the community by donating the procedure to a worthy recipient. Dr. Rubinfeld, who has a private practice in Rockville and Fairfax called Re:Vision – Roy Rubinfeld, MD, launched a program called “A Hero in Focus.” Several people in the community nominated a person whose life would be made easier without glasses or contacts and a panel of local eye doctors selected the winner. The procedure will be performed at Dr. Rubinfeld’s Rockville office.

“My father served in the military and I have always offered vision correction at reduced rates to those who serve our country and community,” says Dr. Rubinfeld. “However, I wanted to do something more and so we launched this program and Rob Scheer is exactly the kind of person we were hoping to find.”

The contest winner, Rob Scheer, grew up as a foster child and became homeless as a teenager. Looking for an escape, Rob eventually turned to the U.S. Navy to make a better life for himself. As an adult, Rob, along with his husband Reece, ended up adopting four children (each set of two were siblings who had been placed in foster care due to neglect). Soon after, in 2013, Rob started a nonprofit organization called Comfort Cases. The organization makes care packages with comforts many foster children lack – pajamas, toothbrushes, shampoo, books and writing materials. In just three years, Comfort Cases has served over 20,000 foster children. As a youth, Rob struggled to afford eye care and has made a bad habit of wearing his contact lenses for months at a time, causing great irritation and hampering his work. He has considered laser vision correction in the past but has always put others first instead. With his work and travel schedule, Rob is very much looking forward to gaining more visual freedom on November 30th.

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Re:Vision – Roy Rubinfeld, MD, specializes in laser vision correction, and the treatment of keratoconus, a corneal disease. For over 25 years Dr. Roy Rubinfeld has been honored to be entrusted with the care of tens of thousands of patients.

Comfort Cases is a non-profit organization that provides backpacks with essential items like toiletries, pajamas, activities and other items for children in foster care. The charity went from providing 300 kits in 2013 to donating 7,000 kits to kids in D.C., Maryland and Virginia foster systems last year.

"Vanderpump Rules" Star Undergoes LASIK

Tom Sandoval

Tom Sandoval

Tom Sandoval, star of Bravo's reality show, "Vanderpump Rules" has ditched his glasses and contacts and opted for laser vision correction. According to an article that appeared on the website for the TV show "The Doctors" Sandoval said that he found putting in contacts "very annoying" and that he just wanted to be able to "get up and go." He also said he did not feel any pain during the procedure and is "very happy" he went ahead with it.

Many people underestimate how freeing it truly is to stop worrying about your contacts and glasses. Congratulations Tom! You can read the entire article here.

Re:Vision - Roy Rubinfeld, MD Named Leading Medical Clinic of the World

Leading Medical Clinics of the World® (LMCW®) is a Global Healthcare Organization. It searched out the best healthcare providers and professionals in the medical field today from around the world. We are honored to have been named one of these health clinics. Learn more about LMCW in this video here.

 

How Long Have People Been Wearing Glasses?

Ever wonder just how long people have been wearing glasses? It turns out that the earliest form of glasses were worn by monks and scholars in the Middle Ages. While the inventor is not known, their origins have been traced back to Italy between 1268 and 1289. It's unclear if the monks and scholars were customers of Warby Parker.

 

If you want to learn more about the interesting history of glasses, The American Academy of Ophthalmology has a handy timeline on their website, which you can check out here.

A New Textbook About CXL Hits the Stands

Dr. Rubinfeld is honored to have worked on a textbook about Corneal Collagen Cross Linking (CXL), a treatment for a corneal eye disease called keratoncous along with other internationally recognized keratoconus experts including:

Professor Mazen Sinjab and a host of internationally recognized keratoconus experts including Michael Mrochen, Brad Randleman, Farhad Hafezi, Samer Hamada, Renato Ambrósio Jr, Anastasios John Kanellopoulos, Aylin Kılıç, George Asimellis, Jon Talamo, Kathryn Masselam Hatch, Roy Rubinfeld, Yaron Rabinowitz, Hani Sakla, Wassim Altroudi, Doyle Stulting, Ed Manche, Paolo Vinciguerra & team, Fernando Faria Correia, David Tabibian, David Myung, Joseph Frucht-Pery, Denise Wajnsztajn, Rebecca McQuaid, Eberhard Spoerl, the Caparossi team and others.

 

If you have keratoconus and would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Rubinfeld, please contact his offices at 301 908-8091.

Summer is Coming. Don't Make Bode Miller's Mistake.

Bode Miller

Bode Miller

This article in USA Today perfectly sums up why laser vision correction can be so critical for athletes. In the piece, skier, Bode Miller, five-time Olympic medalist, admits that not having LASIK was a huge mistake that affected his performance in a race that was meant to signal his comeback. "For me, said Miller, "my vision is critical. When the light's perfect, I can ski with any of the best guys in the world. When it goes out, my particular style suffers more than the guys who are more stable and don't do as much in the middle of the turn."

 

While your aim might not be the Olympics, if professional athelets, jet fighter pilots and many others in demanding careers have found their performances enhanced, than you can rest assured that laser vison correction can make your life a lot easier in the long run.

To read the whole article on Bode's regretful decision, click here.

Corneal Pharmacokinetics and White Wine

Dr. Rubinfeld lecturing in Salerno, Italy

Dr. Rubinfeld lecturing in Salerno, Italy

Dr. Rubinfeld and Professor Ostraloco in Salerno, Italy

Dr. Rubinfeld and Professor Ostraloco in Salerno, Italy

Growing up, some of my fondest memories were weekends spent working on cars with my father. Learning how to fix things and find better ways of doing things became a lifelong theme. ‘Fixing” bad vision is more rewarding and nourishing than I can express. As a child I wanted to become an inventor but wound up going to medical school where creativity took a far back seat to rote learning.

 

I thought that was pretty much that, until I invented and patented a device to cure a corneal condition I saw often in my practice years ago. After donating the royalties from that invention to eye care charities, again, I thought that was that… Until I became the first eye surgeon in Washington to become involved with laser vision correction and worked on developing new techniques. But now, I’m obsessed with developing the safest, most comfortable, least invasive way of improving and saving vision.

Last month in Salerno, Italy, in a building that was 18th century on the outside and futuristic within, I collaborated with Professor Carmine Ostraloco. Professor Ostraloco is likely the world’s leading expert in what’s called corneal pharmacokinetics. This just means how vitmamins and other substances get into the cornea to help patients. As I, along with my excellent team, have been pioneering and further improving a technique to treat keratoconus without some of the risks of older techniques, we are particularly interested in Professor Ostraloco’s opinion of our work. We were delighted when he called this “the best work he had seen in this area.” After he and I went out for some local seafood and delicious white wine, we were fast friends. We compared notes and talked about working together on additional projects as well as his eventually coming to the United States to give a lecture. A great trip indeed!