Dr. George Waring III



Dr. George O. Waring, III, was born in Buffalo, New York. He received his MD degree from Baylor Medical College, Houston, Texas. His ophthalmology training included a residency followed by a Heed Fellowship in corneal disease and surgery at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), of the Royal College of Ophthalmology (FRCOphth, Britain), and of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Waring began his academic career in 1974 as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis, where he established the first eye bank in northern California. In 1979 he joined the faculty at Emory University, where he was a tenured Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Refractive Surgery, until 2004; he is currently Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory. He was a Founder and Managing Director of the privately owned Vision Correction Group (Emory Vision/InView Vision Center) from 1994-2004, where he has done more than 10,000 LASIK and other refractive procedures. Since 2003, he has practiced privately in Atlanta at the InView Center.

Dr. Waring has published over 250 peer reviewed original articles, 60 book chapters, and 250 brief communications. He has received three American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Awards (including the Life Achievement Honor Award in 2004), the Society of Heed Fellows Outstanding Ophthalmologist Award, an Honorary Medal from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, a Gold Medal from the 5th International Congress on Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Florence, Italy, two gold medals for contributions in international ophthalmology from the Pan Arab Council of Ophthalmology, the Castroviejo Medal from the Corneal Society, and the Lans and Barraquer and Kritzinger and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Waring enjoys sporting and outdoor activities, often with his four children. He plays squash weekly and is an avid snow skier, including annual heliskiing in the Bugaboo Mountains of British Columbia. As a mountaineer, he has done a first-ascent of the Kang Yaja (20,000 ft.) in the Himalaya of Nepal, and has also climbed on Aconcogua in Argentina (highest mountain outside the Himalaya), Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and the Matterahorn, and other mountains in the Swiss Alps. He is also a DiveMaster in the Professional Association of Dive Instructors. Multiple African safaris have been by land, on rivers, by walking, in hot air balloons, in game hunting reserves, and on horseback.

Credentials and Qualifications

Dr. George O. Waring, III has extensive qualifications that Trusted LASIK Surgeons estimates place him among the top 1% of LASIK laser eye surgery and refractive surgeons and cataract surgery in the United States.

Dr. George Waring, III performed the first LASIK procedure in Atlanta, Georgia

  • As Principal Investigator of the Emory-sponsored investigations of LASIK, Dr. Waring received the first physician-sponsored investigational device exemption from the FDA
  • Over 11 years experience in laser vision surgery, including LASIK and PRK
  • Over 25 years experience in refractive surgery, including laser vision, lens implants, and RK
  • Over 30 years experience in cataract surgery (including cataract surgery with lens implants)
  • Over 20,000 LASIK and laser vision procedures performed
  • Over 1,000 corneal transplants performed
  • Approximately 1,000 cataract surgery and lens implant procedures performed
  • Principal Investigator for 4 FDA clinical studies for manufacturers of lasers and other devices, products, and/or medications related to vision and general eyecare

Professional Credentials

  • Emory University
  • Trained over 60 Fellows in corneal and refractive surgery
  • Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Refractive Surgery, Emory University (1979-2004)
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of California at Davis (1975-1979)
  • Published over 257 peer-reviewed original articles on refractive, cataract and lens implant surgery and contact lenses in major ophthalmology journals
  • Published over 250 brief communications refractive, cataract and lens implant surgery
  • Taught at over 600 ophthalmic meetings in over 60 countries on 6 continents
  • Member of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • Executive Committee of the International Society of Refractive Surgeons (ISRS)
  • Lans Award
  • Barraquer Award
  • Kritzinger Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Founder’s Award
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • Recipient of the Weisenfeld Award "For His Leadership in the Field of Refractive Corneal Surgery and for Applying Stringent Scientific Principles in his Pioneery Work"
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmology (FRCOphth, Britain)
  • Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology Additional Career Highlights, Accomplishments and Awards One of 10 Leading Ophthalmologists in U.S. contributing a chapter in Inside the Mind: Ophthalmology Best Practices, published by Aspatore  Books, Spring, 2007
  • Top 50 Opinion Leaders in Ophthalmology voted by readers of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today
  • Gold Medal from the 5th International Congress on Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Florence, Italy
  • Named one of America’s Top Doctors –by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.,2004 -2009
  • Named one of the Best Doctors in America, 2003-2008, by Best Doctors, Inc.
  • "Top Doctor" for 2007 by Atlanta Magazine, one of five ophthalmologists
  • Featured on CBS 60 Minutes, ABC Nightline, ABC 20/20 News Show, ABC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and CNN"


  • Undergraduate: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, BS
  • Cum Laude
  • Medical School: Baylor Medical College, Houston, Texas, TX
  • Rotating Internship: Ben Taub Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Residency: Wills Eye Hospital and Research Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship: Heed Fellowship in corneal disease and surgery at the Wills Eye Hospital and Research Foundation in Philadelphia
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