28 days of Black Inventions For Black History Month: Laserphaco Probe

28 days of Black Inventions

February 4th, 2017

As we normally do this time of year, we’re going to celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging 28 of the most influential, world changing inventions by Black People. Our goal is to shed light on some inventions that most people probably didn’t know about, some of the lessor known inventions as well some of the more notable inventions. So join us on our 28 day journey and you might learn a thing or two.


Did you know that African Americans are 8 times more likely to suffer from some form of Blindness in their lifetime?. Whether it be from Glaucoma, Cataracts, partial or complete blindness. A lot of these eye diseases are treatable and should not result in blindness. Ophthalmologists have long searched for techniques and medical remedies to help combat this alarming trend.

Dr. Patricia Bath


In 1973 Dr. Patricia Bath, A Harlem, NY raised woman, Graduated From New York University & became the 1st African American Female to do so in the field of Ophthalmology. She also became the 1st Female African American to work in famed UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. This impressive woman holds degrees from many esteemed Colleges & Universities. Such as Hunter College, Howard University (HBCU) & NYU. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness along with Dr. Aaron Ifekwunigwe & Dr. Alfred Cannon.

Dr Bath believed that eyesight is a “Basic Human Right” & in 1986 she invented the Laserphaco probe A laser device that provided an accurate laser beam to break up the Cataract and replace the lens of the eye and restoring vision. Also in many cases returning sight to people who have blind for years. In 1988, she received a Patent for this Invention and also changed the lives of many people all over the globe. She holds 5 Patents associated with the Laserphaco Probe.


Editors Note: Dr. Bath is always looking to improve on her Laserphaco Probe & in 2000 she invented a method to treat Cataract through Ultra sound technology. #Thankyou


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