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Lisa M. Nijm


Creator & Program Director, RealWorldOphthalmology.com, Warrenville EyeCare and LASIK, Founder & Medical Director, Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, CEO, Women in Ophthalmology

A little-known or interesting thing about you...

One of my favorite pastimes is vegetable gardening. My late father and I used to plant it together. Each year, I plant an international organic garden with vegetables from around the world. I have been touched by patients who discovered my hobby and have brought me some of the most amazing heirloom vegetable seeds that have been passed down through the years! I take great joy in growing and sharing my international garden each year. Now, if I could only figure out how to take care of that rascally rabbit!  

The biggest breakthrough in cornea in the past decades…

The evolution of the partial corneal transplant. It has revolutionized the customized treatment we are able to offer patients to improve their vision.


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One hundred reasons to celebrate women in ophthalmology

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This year we have 50 of the best inventors, mentors, emerging leaders, surgical pioneers and champions of change. With our “Five Top Tens,” we hope to showcase the best, the brightest, and the most forward-thinking that ophthalmology has to offer.

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