University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: Cataract

Intraocular lens (IOL) implant history

Intraocular lens (IOL) implant history

This totally destroyed eye represents the result of relatively early IOL surgery in the USA - the photo was taken in 1970. The patient was an interesting individual: he had read in Time magazine that a new type of IOL surgery was being offered in Pennsylvania. He proceded to have surgery on one eye with a catastrophic result. Had he learned a lesson - had the surgeon learned a lesson? No!! Neither had learned from the first operation. He proceded to have the same operation on the second eye. The result was again catastrophic. The history of IOL surgery to its present state of magnificent results is strewn with trial and error - and the resultant catastrophes. All young ophthalmologists should be encouraged to Google Ridley and IOL history and surgery.

Intraocular lens (IOL) implant history

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last updated: 02-08-2008