Patricia E. Bath, hero for August 15th. First Black woman doctor to receive a medical patent for laser eye surgery.
Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. ~Exodus 33:13
Patricia E. Bath, an ophthalmologist and laser scientist, is an innovative research scientist and advocate for blindness prevention, treatment, and cure. Her accomplishments include the invention of a new device and technique for cataract surgery known as laserphaco, the creation of a new discipline known as “community ophthalmology,” and appointment as the first woman chair of ophthalmology in the United States, at Drew-UCLA in 1983.
Patricia E. Bath is a modern day hero that few people know about. She is not a video ho, she does play for the WNBA, she doesn’t make films or star in a tv show yet she has changed more lives, especially of the Hollywood crowd, then she gets credit for.
She founded an organization, the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness “whose mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the gift of sight. The AIPB is based on the principle that eyesight is a basic human right and that primary eye care must be made available to all people, everywhere, regardless of their economic status.”
She is still alive and doing her great work. It is a shame we don’t hear more about the Patricia E. Baths of the world and we focus our attention on the Tiger Woods and Jay Zs who don’t come close to contributing nearly as much to the world as the Patricias do.
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