BHM Spotlight: Lady With a RedEye

This month, our EYES are on a woman who far exceeded expectations, and has allowed us to SEE in a whole new light: Patricia Bath.

Once a resident of Harlem, Bath became an ophthalmologist, and was the first African-American female doctor to patent a medical invention.
Her hard work allowed her to create a method to remove cataract lenses, which would convert eye surgery by using a laser contraption (laserphaco) instead of a drill-like machine.

In the 1970s, she was the first African-American female surgeon at UCLA Medical Center, and the first woman to be on the faculty of the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. She is also the founder and first president of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness. Because of Bath, people who could not see for over 20 years could receive their eyesight.

elleELLEeye salutes you this BLACK HISTORY MONTH Ms. Bath!


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