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David Stanfield, OD OD Director

3rd January 2018

The Evolution of Premium IOLs

by Mark Maraman, OD, MS Chehalis, Washington

Almost 70 years ago, British ophthalmologist Harold Ridley implanted the first intraocular lens. During World War II, he had often examined eyes of injured fighter plane pilots. Noticing that small pieces of acrylic plastic from their shattered canopies did not cause a harmful reaction, he designed a lens implant out of the same material. Dr. Ridley’s invention was met with scorn and dismissal. The mainstream of ophthalmic surgery ostracized him for several decades. Some ophthalmologists considered IOLs a dangerous “time bomb”.

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