Dr. Patricia Bath
Doctor Patricia Bath’s passionate dedication to the treatment and prevention of blindness led her to develop the Cataract Laserphaco Probe. The probe, patented in 1988, is designed to use the power of a laser in order to quickly and painlessly vaporize cataracts from patients’ eyes, replacing the more common method of using a grinding, drill-like device to remove the afflictions. With another invention, Bath was able to restore sight to people who had been blind for over 30 years.
Patricia Bath graduated from the Howard University School of Medicine in 1968 and completed specialty training in ophthalmology and corneal transplant at both New York University and Columbia University. In 1975, Bath became the first African-American woman surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center and the first woman to be on the faculty of the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Bath is the founder and first president of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness. Patricia Bath was elected to Hunter College Hall of Fame in 1988 and elected as Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine in 1993.
Lasik eye surgery is one of the most common eye procedures given to date. The revolutionary technology is used almost daily by optometrists in the field. Some students in the Medical Career Majors in the Legal, Life Sciences and Services Academy at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech will become very familiar with the technology, and possibly even operate with Bath’s invention. Her innovation is revolutionary and improve the lives of many people.