Spitfire canopies provide the gift of sight

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    #1 oldcrowcv63, Dec 31, 2013
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    Thought this story might have special meaning for this forum:

    From:

    The Evolution of the Intraocular Lens in Cataract surgery - Colorado Laser Surgeons


    "Harold Ridley was an eye surgeon in London who had cared for some injured Royal Air Force pilots from World War II. At least one pilot, during the Battle of Britton, had taken flight in his Spitfire fighter plane without time to put on his protective goggles. Enemy fire caused fragments of the canopy to shatter into the pilot’s eyes. Doctor Ridley had noticed that retention of the intraocular particles of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) from the shattered canopy caused no long-term adverse effects. Later, during a typical cataract surgery of the 1948, a medical student observing the surgical removal of the clouded lens asked Dr. Ridley when he would put in the new lens. The medical student did not know that there was no lens implanted back into the eye. This naive question, together with Ridley’s knowledge that a type of clear plastic material called PMMA was tolerated when it remained inside the eye, stimulated Ridley to seek manufacture of the first modern era IOL."

    I saw a report on PBS that doctors are performing large scale operations using this technique in underdeveloped parts of the world to restore sight in patients who are otherwise without hope of benefiting from the technique and technology.

    The Spitfire, the gift that keeps on giving. Of course it may have been a Bf-109's mg or cannons that initiated the sequence of events that resulted in development of the technology, so perhaps it deserves an honorable mention? :D


    Happy New Year everyone!
     
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    Fascinating, Old Crow, and Hippo New Ears to you.
     
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    I've had those implanted in both eyes ... about 5 years ago .... for cataracts. This procedure is a god-send.

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    Good stuff. I wonder where and when the Battle of Britton took place - never heard of it !!
     
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    My mother have also had the artificial lenses implanted - great thing indeed.

    BTW, just wait until Readie finds about this ;)
     
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    What an interesting story! So not only did the BoB cause huge leaps to be made in the field of burn treatments, but it seems in opthalmics too...thank you for posting this remarkable story
     
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    Same year as the Battle of Frantz but I don't know where.
     
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    I am waiting for the film version of the Battle of Brittany. I hear she's really hot (especially in the summer) Is it possible to bacon myself?
     

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    Now you got it! :D
     
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    Interesting story! Thanks got sharing.
     
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    in the Britton's kitchen - every time Benjamin ignored Mrs. Britton's pleas to take out the rubbish!
     
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