Dr. 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.

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.

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.

Vision Enhancements and Sports

Jennifer Capriati's autographed photo she gave to Dr. Rubinfeld after surgery.

Jennifer Capriati's autographed photo she gave to Dr. Rubinfeld after surgery.

Drug testing scandals in so many professional sports remain in the news. More and more, students are taking amphetamine-like drugs to enhance their test performance and grades. These bring to mind the question of what is an unfair competitive advantage or, not to mince words, cheating?

 

This caused us to wonder if the most advanced vision correction options could be cheating? Many leading professional sports figures who have had vision correction have in fact claimed it enhanced their performance. I have personally performed vision correction on several well-known sports figures. One of them, Jennifer Capriati, credited her improved vision as among the reasons she won three international Grand Slam tennis championships. Imagine, as Jennifer told us, that with every blink, contact lenses can move and your vision fluctuate. With serves over 100 miles per hour, that matters.

We also have had the honor of correcting the vision of many in the military who told us they could not possibly have performed their missions or stayed alive (especially at night) without their vision correction. In careful studies, state of the art custom LASIK has been demonstrated to actually improve night vision and reduce glare compared with how patients saw before with their glasses or contact lenses. So we have to ask the question – with solid evidence pointing toward enhanced performances due to laser correction – is it cheating?