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Maria Sonnenberg

World-Class Surgeon Performs State-Of-The-Art DMEK Procedure

Dr. Rafael Trespalacios continues tradition of excellence

Space Coast residents who want to wave goodbye to glasses and contact lenses are fortunate to live in the same community where world-class eye surgeon Dr. Rafael Trespalacios practices at Brevard Eye Center.

Trespalacios, or Dr. Tres, as his patients fondly call him, is a nationally recognized expert on refractive surgery to improve vision and decrease or eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Of course, he is extremely successful with LASIK surgery, once considered the benchmark for vision correction, but because LASIK is not a one-sizefits- all surgery, Trespalacios also offers a range of procedures beyond LASIK. “Unfortunately, a provider may inappropriately recommend LASIK surgery, but it may not be the best surgical option for everyone,” said Dr. Tres. The physician is the Space Coast’s first and only provider of implantable contact lenses(ICLs), a technology with outcomes much superior to LASIK in FDA clinical trials for patients deemed poor candidates for LASIK.

Trespalacios is also one of the first five surgeons in the world to perform laser-assisted corneal transplantation. In Central Florida, Dr. Tres is a groundbreaker with DMEK, a state-of-theart form of corneal transplantation surgery that allows patients not deemed appropriate for a LASIK procedure to be independent of glasses yet experience excellent near and distance unaided visual acuity.

Trespalacios continues Brevard Eye Center’s tradition for surgical excellence, a healing culture established by the practice’s founder and current medical director, Dr. Paul J. Befanis, one of only 250 surgeons in the country to be recognized for outstanding contributions to the advancement of cataract surgery. “Over his 25 years, Dr. Befanis has brought Brevard Eye Center from relative obscurity to becoming emulated as a model of success,” said Trespalacios.

Few things in life are guaranteed, particularly in the medical field, but Trespalacios promises a guaranteed outcome, thanks to his partnership with Vision Lock, which insures outcomes based on the clinical and surgical criteria of the excellence of surgeons it selects for coverage. Trespalacios is so confident of his surgical abilities that his surgeries are broadcast live at Brevard Eye Center’s waiting room, giving patients a rare glimpse into the procedures. “I like to say I perform surgery in front of a live studio audience,” said the physician. “It takes a lot of the mystery out for patients and makes them more comfortable.”

Trespalacios, who grew up in Inverness, earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida School of Medicine in Tampa. For his internship and residency, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Cornea Research Foundation of America.

Brevard Eye Center patients rave about Dr. Tres. “Dr. Tres explained everything, even while performing surgery,” said Kaye Costello. For patient Herbert Kallusch, Dr.Trespalacios “provided outstanding care.”

Providing options for patients and performing these procedures successfully with compassionate care and without complications is Trespalacios’ goal. “Having the ability to treat my patients in a precise and efficient manner while giving them several options to choose from to treat varying sight disorders is very rewarding and fulfilling,” said Trespalacios. “We have the opportunity at Brevard Eye Center to treat large and more diverse segments of the community, which means improved vision and eye care for all.”

For more information, visit www.brevardeye.com.

The physician is the space coast's first and only provider of implantable contact lenses ( ICLs), a technology with outcomes much superior to LASIK in FDA clinical trials for patients deemed poor candidates for LASIK.