Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963855 | Print ISBN: 9781412941860 | Online ISBN: 9781412963855| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kelman, Charles D. (1930–2004)
Charles D. Kelman was an American ophthalmologist who contributed to the development of cataract surgery with the introduction of phacoemulsification (the Greek prefix “phakos” refers to the lentil shape of the lens) in 1967. This procedure, in which the lens clouded by a cataract is broken up by ultrasound, irrigated, and suctioned out, made cataract operations less invasive, allowing patients to recover faster. Rather than making a large incision in the eye and then removing the lens, the ophthalmologist inserts an ultrasonic tip into a ...