The Power List 2019 – Surgical Pioneers
Founder of the Institute of Refractive and Ophthalmic Surgery (IROC), Zürich, Switzerland.
Theo Seiler’s doctorates in physics and medicine enabled him to become a pioneer of modern refractive surgery. Among his achievements are the development of the first clinical dye laser and the invention of corneal crosslinking, he also performed the first ever PTK, PRK and wavefront-laser guided surgical techniques on the human eye, and was also the first to combine LASIK and rapid CXL. Seiler is a specialist in corneal and refractive therapy, physiologic optics, lasers in ophthalmology, and anterior segment surgery. Seiler’s name appearing in the Surgical Pioneers category this year certainly does not come as a surprise.