Women September 08, 2019 at 02:00 pm

10 black women who pioneered inventions

Oluwabusola Fadipe | Contributor

Oluwabusola Fadipe September 08, 2019 at 02:00 pm

September 08, 2019 at 02:00 pm | Women

Patricia Bath

Patricia Bath is a revolutionary medical practitioner specializing in Ophthalmology. She was the first African-American to finish a residency in Ophthalmology at New York University and later co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness. She is known for the invention of a device called Laserphaco Probe for the removal of cataracts using a laser beam. In 1988, she received a patent for her invention, becoming the first female African-American doctor to receive a medical patent. The Laserphaco probe increased accuracy in the performance of cataracts surgery as against the previous manual-based procedure of conducting surgeries of such nature. Her works in the field of ophthalmology are based on her notion of “eyesight is a basic human right.”


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