The Power List 2018
Founder and Director of The Institute of Vision and Optics, University of Crete, Greece
Ioannis was the first to perform the LASIK procedure on a human eye. He went on to develop Epi-LASIK and has a current research interest in corneal inlays. He is also an enthusiastic educator who has over 30 years of teaching experience in both Greece and Switzerland at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
What is the future of refractive surgery?
“I believe this will be focused on three major areas. One will be for non-accommodative patients where the use of a new generation of IOL will restore accommodation; the lens capsule will be the key to this technology. The second will focus on the younger patient group and include more advanced – and more customized – corneal-based corrections. The third will be for irregular and unstable corneas, for instance with keratoconus, which will likely use tissue addition and in situ molding of the cornea with biomaterials.”