There are countless figures, both iconic and subtle, that have paved the way for the ophthalmic industry as we know it today. Listed below are just a few of the Doctors, Opticians, Scientist, Inventors, and so forth that have contributed to the foundation of the procedures and technologies that are being used in the Ophthalmic industry today. Just click on the image or the "More..." link to read a brief biography of the depicted pioneer.
Dr. Jose Ignacio Barraquer is part of a long line of ophthalmologists. His Grandfather, Father, Son and Daughter are all famous doctors in their own right. Dr. Jose Ignacio Barraquer left Europe after completing medical school and founded The Instituto Barraquer de America in Bogata, Columbia.
German immigrants John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb joined forces to in 1853 to create Bausch and Lomb. John was an Optician and Henry was a Financer making the opportunity vast and viable together. This is one of the first giant companies in the optical world, original founders of the Ray ban brand.
Farnsworth explored past theories on color vision and blindness. He wrote the following statement regarding color vision: For industrial purposes color vision can be divided usefully into three groups: normal, partially defective, and color blind. Two standard tests are sufficient to make this analysis
Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts to a family of 17 children and two hard-working parents. He grew to become a master of many trades. Franklin was a printer, a publisher, a civic leader, a statesman and a scientist. Franklin vital figure in American history.
Alvar Gullstrand was born in Sweden in 1862. His father was a well-known physician. Alvar Gullstrand studied medicine in Upsala, Vienna and Stockholm. He focused his studies on dioptrics, meaning the study of the human eye as a transparent system of lenses for the collection and refraction of light.
Carl Koller studied medicine at the University of Vienna. At first Koller's interests were in embryology and experimental pathology, but soon Koller switch to ophthalmology. One of his teachers shared with him the need for a local anesthetic in eye surgery. Koller, eager to make a large contribution, experimented with various solutions on animals, but had no luck.
Charles Prentice's father, James, studied optometry in London as an apprentice and moved to New York in 1847 to open his own optical shop. He became renowned for his manufacturing of optical instruments and creating the anatomical eye glass. As there were no adequate schools in the United States, James Prentice
Born in 1821 just outside of Berlin, Herman Von Helmholtz was interested in a vast array of sciences. He studied everything from mechanics to physiology. In 1849, Helmholtz became a professor of physiology at Konigsberg. Helmholtz was promoted to various teaching positions throughout Germany
James Wardrop was a British surgeon and ophthalmologist. He lived from 1782 to 1869. Wardrop studied medicine at Edinburgh and attended lectures though out Europe. At only 19 years old, Wardrop became the house surgeon in the Royal Infirmary. By 22, he moved to Edinburgh and began the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Thomas Young was born in 1773 to Quaker parents in Milverton, England. He was a child prodigy. Before his fifth birthday, Young read the entire Bible twice. He read and wrote Latin at age six. By the time Young turned fourteen, he had knowledge of at least five languages. In time he learned twelve.