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The world through a lens: the vision of Sir Harold Ridley
  1. Daniel B Moore1,*,
  2. Alon Harris2,
  3. Brent Siesky2
  1. 1 University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Seattle, WA, United States;
  2. 2 Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Indianapolis, IN, United States
  1. Correspondence to: Daniel Benjamin Moore, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, 1959 NE Pacific St.,, HSB, RR-801, Seattle, 98195, United States; dbmoore{at}


Sir Harold Ridley is recognized today as the inventor of the intraocular lens, one the most successful and common procedures in all of surgery. His story, however, is not largely one of triumph and public accolade. This paper reviews Ridley’s invention of the intraocular lens and highlights the struggles he faced after his discovery.

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