Ophthalmologists

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Commonly known as eye doctors, ophthalmologists are medical professionals dealing with problems related exclusively to the visual impairments focusing not only the eyes but also parts of brain and areas around the eyes. They usually inspect the disease of the eye, identify the problems and prescribe treatment. Sometimes they can even perform surgery to treat the eye. They can also identify brain tumors or diabetes which is not directly related to vision, but still affect the eye. Ophthalmologists pursue a medical degree after which they specialize in ophthalmology and take several exams for certification. Historically, ophthalmology can be dated back to Rufus of Epheus who recognized the shape of the eye and thus paved the way for the development of this distinct science in Persia. Finally, with the development of microscope, Georg Joseph Beer performed surgery of the eye, giving a new dimension to the science. Since then, ophthalmologists have come a long way in treating eye diseases and coming up with new techniques to make eye treatment easier by the day. Explore this space for the list of famous Ophthalmologists with their biographies that include trivia and interesting facts about them and also trace their timeline and life history.
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Jose Rizal
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Birthdate: June 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calamba, Laguna
Died: December 30, 1896

Jose Rizal was a Filipino polymath and nationalist. An ophthalmologist by profession, Rizal turned towards writing and inspired the Philippine Revolution through his writings. The revolution eventually led to Philippine independence and Rizal became a national hero. His life has inspired several biographical films and TV series.

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Li Wenliang
(Ophthalmologist)
Li Wenliang
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Birthdate: October 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beizhen, Jinzhou, China
Died: February 17, 2020
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Mehriban Aliyeva
(Vice President of Azerbaijan)
Mehriban Aliyeva
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Birthdate: August 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Mehriban Aliyeva is an Azerbaijani physician and politician. She is the current Vice President of Azerbaijan. The wife of Ilham Aliyev, Aliyeva is also the current First Lady of Azerbaijan. Mehriban Aliyeva is also the current Deputy Leader of the New Azerbaijan Party.

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Renée Richards
(American Former Tennis Player Known for Her Sex Reassignment Surgery)
Renée Richards
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Birthdate: August 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Born Richard Raskind, a boy, Renée Richards became an LGBT icon after winning a landmark case against the US Tennis Association and acquiring the right to compete in women’s tennis events in spite of her sex-change operation. She is also a qualified ophthalmologist and has trained the likes of Martina Navratilova.

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L. L. Zamenhof
(Linguist, Ophthalmologist, Inventor, Poet, Translator, Esperantist, Physician, Writer, Bible translator)
L. L. Zamenhof
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Birthdate: December 15, 1859
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Białystok
Died: April 14, 1917

L. L. Zamenhof was an ophthalmologist best remembered for creating the most widely spoken international auxiliary language, Esperanto. He came up with the constructed language after being consumed by the idea of a warless world. L. L. Zamenhof received several honors for creating Esperanto, including the Légion d'honneur. He also received 12 nominations for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

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Abdullah Abdullah
(Chief Executive of Afghanistan from September 2014 to March 2020)
Abdullah Abdullah
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Birthdate: September 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kabul
Abdullah Abdullah is an Afghan politician who was serving as the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation when the Afghan government was toppled by Taliban in 2021. A prominent politician, Abdullah Abdullah also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 22 December 2001 to 20 April 2005.
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Patricia Bath
(Former Inventor known for Invention of Laserphaco Probe)
Patricia Bath
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Birthdate: November 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 30, 2019

Ophthalmologist Patricia Bath is remembered for her pathbreaking invention of the Laserphaco Probe, which made laser cataract surgery possible. The first Black female surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center and the first female faculty staff of the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, she dedicated her life to curing blindness.

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Fred Hollows
(Ophthalmologist)
Fred Hollows
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Birthdate: April 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand
Died: February 10, 1993

Fred Hollows became a renowned name in the field of ophthalmology after helping thousands of people see by restoring their sight. Born in New Zealand, Hollows later became an Australian citizen. He had initially aspired to join the clergy but had decided against it after visiting a mental institution.

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Sushruta
(Surgeon)
Sushruta
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Birthdate: 0800 AD
Birthplace: India

Sixth century BC Indian surgeon Sushruta, known as the Father of Plastic Surgery, is best remembered for his treatise Sushruta Samhita, which is one of the fundamental texts on Ayurveda and medicine. Some of his surgical procedures included the surgery of the nose and the surgical removal of a dead fetus.

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Dave Sime
(Former Sprinter Multi-Sport Athlete, and a Pioneering Ophthalmologist.)
Dave Sime
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Birthdate: July 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 12, 2016
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Charles Horace Mayo
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Birthdate: July 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: May 26, 1939

Part of the Mayo medical family of the U.S., Charles Horace Mayo had established the Mayo Clinic with his brother William James Mayo and others. He specialized in varied medical fields, mastering neurosurgery, goitre surgery, cataract operations, and other procedures. He later served the U.S. Army surgical team.

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Govindappa Venkataswamy
(Ophthalmologist)
Govindappa Venkataswamy
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Birthdate: October 1, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vilathikulam, Tamilnadu
Died: July 7, 2006

Govindappa Venkataswamy was an Indian ophthalmologist best remembered for his work which aimed at eliminating needless blindness. The founder of Aravind Eye Hospitals, Venkataswamy developed a high volume, high quality, and low-cost service delivery model that effectively restored sight to many people. Govindappa Venkataswamy was honored with the Padma Shri Award in 1973. 

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Herophilos
(Alexandrian physician)
Herophilos
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Birthdate: 0335 AD
Birthplace: Chalcedon, Bithynia
Died: 0280 AD
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Zarifa Aliyeva
(Ophthalmologist)
Zarifa Aliyeva
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Birthdate: April 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shakhtahkty village, Sharur, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Died: April 15, 1985
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Cecile Kyenge
(Politician)
Cecile Kyenge
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Birthdate: August 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kambove, DR Congo
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Svyatoslav Fyodorov
(Ophthalmologist)
Svyatoslav Fyodorov
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Birthdate: August 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine
Died: June 2, 2000

Svyatoslav Fyodorov not just made a name for himself as an ophthalmologist but had also stepped into Russian politics, contesting as a presidential candidate. One of the pioneers of refractive surgery, he developed radial keratotomy, the first surgical cure of myopia, or nearsightedness, and a surgical treatment for glaucoma, too.

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Jonathan Hutchinson
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Birthdate: July 23, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Selby, Yorkshire, England
Died: June 13, 1913
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Harold Ridley
(Ophthalmologist)
Harold Ridley
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Birthdate: July 10, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kibworth Harcourt, England
Died: May 25, 2001
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Rebecka Belldegrun
(President and CEO of Bellco Capital)
Rebecka Belldegrun
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Finnish-born Rebecka Belldegrun is not only an ophthalmic surgeon but also a billionaire businesswoman. While she initially launched a real-estate company, she later served as the CEO of the investment firm BellCo Capital LLC. She has also previously invested in the biotech and hotel industries and heads several corporate boards.

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Allvar Gullstrand
(Ophthalmologist)
Allvar Gullstrand
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Birthdate: June 5, 1862
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Landskrona, Sweden
Died: July 28, 1930
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Charles Kelman
(American Ophthalmologist Known for Inventing 'Phacoemulsification')
Charles Kelman
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Birthdate: May 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 1, 2004

American ophthalmologist, inventor, surgeon, entertainer, jazz-musician, and Broadway producer Charles Kelman, called the father of phacoemulsification, is best-known for inventing phacoemulsification and several other surgical techniques and instruments used in cataract surgery. He received the National Medal of Technology from the then US President George H. W. Bush, the Lasker Award and was inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Franciscus Donders
(Dutch Ophthalmologist)
Franciscus Donders
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Birthdate: May 27, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tilburg, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 1889

Frans Cornelis Donders was a Dutch ophthalmologist who also served as a professor of physiology at Utrecht University. A respected and internationally acclaimed ophthalmologist, Donders directed the Netherlands Hospital for Eye Patients for many years. Frans Cornelis Donders was also one of the three main founders of scientific ophthalmology along with Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz and Graefe.

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Karl Koller
(Ophthalmologist)
Karl Koller
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Birthdate: December 3, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bohemia, Czech Republic
Died: March 21, 1944
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Albrecht von Gräfe
(Eye surgeon)
Albrecht von Gräfe
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Birthdate: May 22, 1828
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 20, 1870

Regarded as the pioneer of modern ophthalmology, Albrecht von Gräfe was born to German surgeon Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, known for his pathbreaking research on plastic surgery. He explained Gräfe’s sign, made the first legitimate use of the ophthalmoscope, and also launched an eye clinic deemed one of Europe’s best.

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Danièle Aron-Rosa
(Painter, Ophthalmologist)
Danièle Aron-Rosa
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Birthdate: October 15, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia
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J. Donald M. Gass
(American ophthalmologist)
J. Donald M. Gass
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Birthdate: August 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Died: February 26, 2005
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Arnall Patz
(Medical Doctor)
Arnall Patz
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Birthdate: June 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elberton, Georgia, United States
Died: March 11, 2010

Ophthalmologist and Johns Hopkins University professor Arnall Patz was the first to find out the link between the oxygen used in incubators and blindness in infants. The Lasker Award-winning doctor also worked on laser treatment of retinal ailments, thus developing one of the world’s first argon lasers.

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Lucie Milebou Aubusson
(Politician, Physician)
Lucie Milebou Aubusson
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Birthdate: February 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gabon
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Fatima Hamroush
(Politician)
Fatima Hamroush
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Birthdate: February 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Benghazi, Libya