Over his 18-year career in ophthalmology, Professor Dan Reinstein has built an international reputation as a uniquely experienced and pioneering laser eye surgeon. He graduated from Cambridge University, underwent postgraduate training in the USA and Canada and was made a professor at the University of Paris VI and Columbia University in New York before returning to the UK to establish the London Vision Clinic.
After qualifying from Cambridge in 1989, Doctor Reinstein became a Fellow at the bio-acoustics engineering department at Cornell University, New York. There he developed a method of using high frequency ultrasound scanning which could be used to scan the individual layers of cornea to within one micron – 1/100th of the width of a human hair and diagnose complications of laser eye surgery to enable surgical repairs. Now the scanner is also used extensively for increasing the safety of laser eye surgery even further by diagnosing cases to exclude from surgery.
Excited by the possibilities of developing safer, more accurate eye surgery, through his patents administered by Cornell University a commercialisation of his scanner is underway in the USA with a prototype called the Artemis™ VHF digital ultrasound scanner. Equipped with the world’s most accurate corneal scanner Professor Reinstein has been in a unique position to be able to diagnose and treat complications of laser eye surgery as well as develop new methods of treatment previously impossible without the Artemis sub-surface imaging technique.
Concurrent with his busy clinical practice, London Vision Clinic, he continues to work closely with Carl Zeiss Meditec for whom he developed the treatment for presbyopia (ageing eyes) called Laser Blended Vision as well as the most advanced form of laser eye surgery now performed as a keyhole procedure called ReLEx smile.
He has appeared as an interviewee/media consultant on several high profile television and radio programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, alongside appearances in print media such as The Times.
In addition to this he is a keen jazz musician, regularly performing at the 606 club in London, and an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music where he studied saxophone, music synthesis and jazz harmony. His career in ophthalmology and passion for music have often intersected as he has operated on a number of noted performers including Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis, Morris Pleasure and many more.