Alexandria eye surgeon gave emotional keynote speech to Scottish colleagues

Photo courtesy Dr. Robert Wallace

Dr. Robert Wallace, III connected to his Scottish heritage during visit

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 3:00pm

Alexandria eye surgeon Dr. Robert Bruce Wallace, III, delivered a keynote address at an annual meeting Stirling University in Stirling, Scotland, to the Scottish Ophthalmological Society last month.

“Being asked to address the most distinguished eye surgeons and ophthalmological residents in Scotland was a great honor for me,” said Dr. Wallace, a third generation Cenla physician who’s Scottish roots run deep in the Stirling area. “But presenting in the Wallace Room of Stirling University was very emotional and something I will remember always.”

Scotland’s Stirling University stands in the shadow of The National Wallace Monument, a 220-foot gothic tower commemorating William Wallace and his famous victory at Stirling Bridge, depicted in the Academy Award winning blockbuster movie Braveheart. Nearby Stirling Castle is adorned by a large statue of Robert the Bruce, Dr. Wallace’s namesake.

“I have a son named William Wallace, who named his son Stirling, so it was a special blessing for me to be asked to address the Scottish Ophthalmological Club and experience the history and welcoming people of Stirling, Scotland," Dr. Wallace said. "I was proud to represent Central Louisiana and the great team of staff and doctors I work with in my practice.”

The Scottish Ophthalmological Club has a storied history that began in 1911 and is one of the oldest eye care organizations in the world. The purpose of their annual meetings is to demonstrate interesting ophthalmological cases and showcase new methods and instruments for the practice of ophthalmology.

Dr. Wallace spoke on the latest advances in Refractive Cataract Surgery, which is the ability to correct ‘refractive error’ (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) at the same time of a cataract procedure. Refractive Cataract Surgery is becoming popular in the United States and Europe because it allows cataract patients to enjoy a broader, less restricted range of vision following surgery. It is also designed to help reduce or eliminate the need for prescription glasses after surgery.

“This is one of the most exciting times in cataract surgery today,” said Dr. Wallace. With the breakthroughs we’ve help pioneer in lens implant technology and the advances we’re seeing in cataract diagnostics and lasers, there has truly never been a better time to be considering cataract surgery than right now.”

Dr. Wallace dedicated his presentation to his father and grandfather, both physicians who practiced in Central Louisiana. This year, Dr. Wallace was the only speaker from outside of the UK invited to address the Scottish Ophthalmological Club.

Wallace Eye Associates is one of the Cenla’s most established comprehensive eye centers and features the only Medicare-Approved outpatient surgery center in Cenla dedicated entirely to eye surgery. Wallace Eye Associates is located at 4110 Parliament in Alexandria and has been a proud part of Cenla eye care for over 30 years. 

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