07 March 2013

Pioneers of common laser eye surgery honored

The Washington Post “Ideas@Innovations” blog recently profiled winners of National Academy of Engineering awards, including Rangaswamy Srinivasan, James J. Wynne, and Samuel E. Blum. All are being recognized for their work in developing what have come to be known as PRK and LASIK corrective eye surgery. They will share the $500,000 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize.

The Post embedded the 2011 SPIE Advancing the Laser video of Wynne describing how the discovery of surgical applications of the excimer laser developed in 1981. (The highlight is the description of Srinivasan bringing his leftover Thanksgiving turkey carcass to the lab to test the laser on.)

Wynne, still working for IBM, has more recently developed excimer laser treatments for removing necrotic lesions of the skin.

See the video


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