Charity, Cornea, LASIK & Marijuana pioneer
Michael Duplessie, FRCS Ophth (Glasgow), M.B., B.Ch., L.R.C.P. & S.I., B.A.O., B.A.
As a pioneer in the field of LASIK, I have dedicated my career to bringing the gift of perfect vision to people around the world. From an early stage, I saw the immense potential of this life-changing procedure and have been passionate about spreading the word ever since.
I have the distinction of popularizing the term “LASIK” and organizing the first-ever US LASIK course in the United States. Despite facing initial opposition from 24 of the world’s top corneal surgeons, who refused to acknowledge the term LASIK in the titles of their 64 talks.
The first and largest US LASIK surgery course was a landmark event that help solidify LASIK as the surgical procedure of choice in the USA, leaving a lasting impact on the field of vision correction.
My dedication to advancing the field of LASIK is demonstrated by my book, which was the first to include comprehensive textbook chapters on myopic and hyperopic LASIK. Today, LASIK has become one of the most popular and widely performed surgeries in the United States, with over 700,000 procedures performed annually.
Pioneer in Corneal Transplantation
As a visionary in the field of ophthalmology, I was among the pioneers in offering lamellar corneal transplantation and sutureless corneal transplantation to patients. This innovative approach to corneal transplantation represented a major shift in the field and I was quick to recognize its potential.
To share my knowledge and experience with others, I wrote the first textbook chapter on modern lamellar corneal transplants, titled “Lamellar Keratoplasty“. This book was a groundbreaking work that demonstrated my forward-thinking and commitment to advancing the field of eye care.
Today, my predictions have come to fruition as lamellar corneal transplantation has become the most popular form of corneal transplantation, helping countless individuals to improve their vision and quality of life. Through my pioneering work and dedication to innovation, I am proud to have made a lasting impact on the field of ophthalmology.
Years ahead of other American doctors
As a leading expert in the field of ophthalmology, I have always been at the forefront of innovation and new developments. My most recent contribution to the field is a book chapter on “Excimer and Femtosecond LASER for the Treatment of Presbyopia“. This chapter was written years before the FDA approval these cutting-edge lasers, demonstrating my deep understanding of the field and my commitment to staying ahead of the curve.
My passion for innovation and my commitment to staying ahead of the curve have made me a leader in the field of ophthalmology. My chapter on excimer and femtosecond laser treatments for presbyopia showcases my dedication to providing the most up-to-date and cutting-edge information to my peers and colleagues in the field.
When the FDA approves of these powerful lasers, I am proud to have played a role in paving the way for this exciting new chapter in the field of eye care. Through my work and commitment to innovation, I am helping to shape the future of ophthalmology and improve the lives of people around the world.
As a physician and business leader, I have always believed in the importance of giving back to my community and making a positive impact on the world. That is why I have integrated charity into all of my business models throughout my career.
One of my proudest accomplishments is the clinical integration program I developed with Waterloo University in Canada. This program enabled me to bring in fifteen volunteer Canadian eye doctors each year, which helped me to become one of the largest private donors of medical and surgical charity in the United States between 2000 and 2013. However, success often comes with challenges, and the financial strain of giving away so much charity proved to be overwhelming.
The collapse of my business in 2013 only reinforced my passion for helping others and my commitment to making a difference have always been at the forefront of my work. I am deeply grateful to have found my calling in a profession that allows me to have a direct and positive impact on people’s lives every day. Whether it is through my charitable efforts or through the care I provide to my patients, I am thankful to be able to make a difference in the world through my work.
Safe & Legal
Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to breaking conventions and helping those in need. My passion for medicine began during my time working in refugee camps in Thailand, and since then, I have made it my mission to provide care and support to those who need it most.
As a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology, I have made numerous contributions and innovations in the field of corneal transplantation and laser surgery. I am comfortable challenging conventions.
Why this ? Why now ? I look to marijuana to fund charitable endeavors.
Overpriced pharmaceuticals are an health challenge. As one of the largest private contributors of medical and surgical charity in the United States between 2000-2013, my patient’s struggles to get medicines became very personal.
More recently, I have seen firsthand the positive impact medical marijuana can have on patients struggling with pain and anxiety.
My experiences have shown me that medical marijuana can offer significant benefits with minimal side effects, providing an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical medications. Despite its potential, the government’s stance on marijuana is outdated.
Through my observations, I have seen prescription rates for pain and anxiety drastically decrease among patients who have obtained a medical marijuana card, and I believe that this is a testament to its effectiveness.