Milestones

Department of Ophthalmology

1933
First corneal transplant, Dr. Ramon Castroviejo
1935
Discovery of Hyaluronic acid and its molecular structure, Dr. Karl Meyer
1936
Microbiologic transmission of trachoma established, Dr. Philips Thygeson
1940
New methods developed for the quantitative analysis of DNA sugars, Dr. Zacharias Dische
1947
First retinoblastoma, pediatric, and adult ocular tumor clinics, Dr. Algernon B. Reese
1958
Retina clinic established, Dr. Charles Campbell
1961
First medical use of the ruby laser, Dr. Charles Campbell
1961
First basic and clinical corneal research center established, Dr. A. Gerard DeVoe and Dr. Anthony Donn
1965
Keratoprosthesis developed, Dr. Hernando Cardona
1966
Development of System for preserving corneas until transplant, Dr. Saiichi Mishima
1968
First argon laser developed, Dr. Francis L'Esperance, Jr.
1968
Confocal microscopy first used to detect new structural features of the eye, Dr. David Maurice
1980
First wide field specular microscope developed, Dr. Charles Koester
1983
Development of Healon, a hyaluronic acid polymer that transformed cataract and corneal surgery, Dr. Endre Balazs
1983
Pioneering excimer laser surgery, Dr. Stephen Trokel and Dr. Francis A. L'Esperance, Jr.
1994
First human retinal cell transplants, Dr. Peter Gouras
1996
Development of latanoprost (Xalatan™) for the treatment of glaucoma, Dr. Laszlo Bito
1996
FDA approval of Perfluorocarbons for retinal surgery, Dr. Stanley Chang
2006
Discovery of Factors H & B, significant genes contributing to age-related macular degeneration. Rando Allikmets, Ph.D. and AMD Study Group