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Courageous acts of curiosity spurred ophthalmologists as they developed specialty

15:37 EDT 2 Aug 2017 | Healio

At AAO 2002, Ocular Surgery News brought together world-renowned physicians because of their trail blazing role in ophthalmology. One of the seismic moments in ophthalmic history, was Charles D. Kelman, MD, performing phacoemulsification on his first human patient. That was in 1967 – 50 years ago. It is easy to forget that this technology was shunned in the early years and the bravery of individuals to improve medicine. One of the truly special moments of the round table was listening to Charlie Kelman and Dick Kratz discuss the early years of phaco. Oral history can be magical. Ophthalmology is an art. It has developed its own personal style distinct from any other specialty in medicine. But what makes ophthalmology a specialty in which medical professionals strive to develop delicate nuances in their techniques, to create major advances in technology and technique, all in the name of improved patient outcomes? And what does it take to be one of these artists who influence ophthalmology?

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