• Notable Dates in Ophthalmology — Fall 2021


    10 years ago (2011): At the AAO 2011 meeting, Dr. Julia Haller of the Wills Eye Hospital presented promising results for the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) using intravitreal aflibercept (“Veg-F Trap Eye”).


    Julia A. Haller, MD

    25 years ago (1996): Optical coherence tomography (OCT) received wide attention as a new method to quantify structural alterations of the retina and optic nerve with the aim of early detection of damage prior to functional loss.

    50 years ago (1971): Dr. Donald Pinkel at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy to obtain cures in patients with the childhood cancer acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

    100 years ago (1921): The American Optical Company patented an instrument it called the “Lensometer” designed to accurately measure lens power with light.

    250 years ago (1771): Giovanni Battista Morgagni (1692-1771), considered the founder of pathology and the first to describe the “Morgagnian cataract” died.