NOV 2013

EyeWorld is the official news magazine of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery.

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20 EW NEWS & OPINION November 2013 A Guinness continued from page 18 The results were favorable enough that implant surgery began again on Oct. 1, 1971. However, you can imagine the anxiety among those patients on whom we had performed intraocular lens [implantation] when they learned that there would be a moratorium on the implant. They worried about what was in their eye and what dangers lie ahead for them. In 1980, the FDA decided to convene a meeting so that they could hear from implant surgeons about the advantages of continuing the procedure. At that time, we thought that restrictions would be placed on the use of intraocular lenses and possibly even outlaw the intraocular lens. I headed a committee at that time that would provide our answer to the FDA. We brought in patients with an intraocular lens BUBBLE LEVEL MARKER • Stephens Bubble Level Axis Marker helps align the marker with the horizontal axis • Easily removable and replaceable lightweight bubble level • Designed and engineered to meet the needs of sterilization • Crisp edges create a fine demarcation • Length of marks accommodate both limbal and corneal markings • Marker is made of matte finished stainless steel • Replacement bubble level cylinders are available individually • Overall length is 120mm, with an 11mm wide blade and 2mm wide marking surfaces S9-2070 Bubble Level Axis Marker 2500 Sandersville Rd., Lexington, KY 40511 USA Phone: 800-354-7848, 859-259-4924 Fax: 859-259-4926 E-Mail: stephensinst@aol.com www.stephensinst.com From left to right: Drs. Emery, Norman, and Garry Jaffe Source (all): Norman S. Jaffe, MD to state what benefit the intraocular lens was to them. Among the people who spoke, and the most effective, was Robert Young, from the television programs Father Knows Best and Marcus Welby, MD. He spoke with passion about how the intraocular lens saved his career. His surgery was performed by Richard Kratz, MD, in California. [Mr. Young] was so impressive that the next day the Washington Post, on page one, column one on the righthand side, stated "Marcus Welby, MD, defeats the FDA." Never again was there a question about outlawing the intraocular lens, and the intraocular lens was made available to ophthalmologists. When we think about it, there was a great reward for me and my colleagues who worked with me because it was considered that the introduction of the intraocular lens, as far as quality of life was concerned, was the greatest medical innovation of the last half of the last century. For me, I would state that as my life comes closer to the end, I have the satisfaction of knowing that the intraocular lens procedure has affected millions of lives in the Unites States and abroad. EW Contact information Jaffe: 305-792-4700, nsj2020@gmail.com digital.eyeworld.org

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