Golden received his Bachelor’s Degree in biology from The University of Chicago
in 1977, and was awarded their first-ever, pre-doctoral Master’s Degree in
Ophthalmology. His Doctorate Degree was awarded at St. Louis University in
1984, where he continued with his internship and residency.
1988, he joined the cornea practice of Eye Surgeons and Consultants on the
north side of Chicago. Under Dr.
Golden’s leadership they expanded to a total of eight offices in Chicago and
Southern Wisconsin. He specialized in
small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, and treatment of diabetic
retinopathy. Dr. Golden was always
interested in refractive surgery and trained in Radial Keratotomy (RK) in 1989,
but believed that its utility was limited.
In 1991 he took the first course on the then new ALK machine (a
precursor of today’s LASIK technology.
Later in 1991 he performed the first ALK procedures in the Mid-West.
of Dr. Golden’s extensive experience with the ALK microkeratome, he was called
upon to introduce and teach LASIK to international surgeons before it was
approved by the FDA for use in the United States. Subsequently he trained hundreds of surgeons
in the techniques of LASIK. He was
employed by a variety of Laser companies to open more than a dozen LASIK
centers across the United States – training surgeons, staffs, and setting
protocols. He has lectured at national
and international meetings including the American Academy of Ophthalmology,
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, International Society of
Refractive Surgery, American Academy of Optometry, and American Optometric
Association. He has provided instruction
to local eye doctors and taught continuing education courses for many
date, Dr. Golden has performed more than 23,000 laser procedures, including
service to pilots, truck drivers, other eye doctors, malpractice attorneys and
even his own wife. His understanding of the patient’s needs comes from his own
experiences with CK to eliminate his reading glasses and most recently LASIK to
improve distance vision in his right eye and optimal reading vision in his left