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About Dr. Walter

Dr. WalterKeith Walter, M.D. is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

  • 18 years experience
  • World renowned refractive LASIK and cataract surgeon
  • Invented EndoSerter™ Corneal Endothelium Delivery Instrument to facilitate corneal transplantation

Training:

  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Emory University – Ophthalmology residency
  • Emory University – Cornea Fellowship

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology 1997, Recertification 2008

Selected Society Memberships:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery – Founding Member
  • Society for Excellence in Eye Care

Awards & Honors:

  • Best Doctors in America – received every year since its inception
  • Spark Grant Award – grant for research and development of surgical devices
  • Research to Prevent Blindness – research grant to improve clinical outcomes

Clinical Expertise:

  • Refractive Surgery including “all-laser” LASIK and PRK
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy
  • DSEK
  • Corneal Transplants

Special Procedures:

  • Minimally invasive cataract surgery using the femtosecond laser
  • Femtosecond assisted corneal tattoos

Brief Biography:

Dr. Walter is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cornea and refractive surgery, and is Associate Professor of Ophthalmologic Surgery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He received his medical training at Duke University in Durham, NC, and completed his Ophthalmology residency and fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He has served on numerous committees for national ophthamologic organizations, has lectured at meetings and medical centers in 20 states and 10 countries, and has authored more than 35 scientific articles and book chapters. He has also received numerous grants and awards enabling him to continue his research and inventive endeavors.

During his fellowship, Dr. Walter was a co-investigator of the first and largest LASIK study in the United States, and has performed over 8,000 LASIK procedures since he began in 1995. Dr. Walter was also the first in his field to conduct research and adjust for humidity to improve LASIK outcomes. In addition, he has authored several articles related to LASIK surgery and his ground breaking research has been featured in multiple nationally syndicated publications including the New York Times, Time Magazine, Men's Health Magazine, Shape Magazine, LA Times and on CNN. Dr. Walter has performed LASIK on numerous physicians and surgeons including cardiologists, heart surgeons, neurosurgeons, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, internists, and fellow ophthalmologists and LASIK surgeons. He has also completed LASIK surgery on TV personalities and NASCAR drivers. Dr. Walter had LASIK surgery himself in 1999 and is still seeing 20/15 today.

Dr. Walter has performed over 13,000 cataract surgeries during his career. He currently offers the most advanced technology available, including advanced laser cataract removal and the use of premium artificial lens implants, eliminating the need for glasses post surgery by allowing patients to focus accurately at all distances. Additionally, Dr. Walter’s research on post cataract surgery inflammation has yielded results that simplify and improve the recovery process for patients.

Dr. Walter also devotes a portion of his practice to cornea diseases and transplantation. His desire to improve corneal transplant surgery lead him to invent and develop the EndoSerter™ Corneal Endothelium Delivery Instrument. This device is FDA approved and is distributed in nearly 40 countries worldwide, allowing eye surgeons to insert corneal donor tissue without damaging or crushing the cellular tissue. Dr. Walter has four additional patent applications pending before the United States Patent Office.

Dr. Walter is proud to be part of Trusted LASIK Surgeons.