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Marie-José Tassignon


Past chair and chief of the department of ophthalmology of the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp university hospital, Belgium

If you weren’t an ophthalmologist... 

Fashion was my passion. I considered it a way to help people express their personality through choosing colors and design in which they feel comfortable that was amusing or challenging for others. I realized that pleasing a large group of people would be more difficult than understanding the human body, so I chose medicine.

Do you have any controversial opinions?

I am convinced that we can treat patients with complaints due to congenital, ageing, or post-traumatic vitreous opacities by means of non-invasive surgical technology, provided we know more about the viscosity of the vitreous, and how we can homogenize the vitreous body by means of volumetric approaches of laser vitreolysis.


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One hundred reasons to celebrate women in ophthalmology

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100 reasons to be proud

This is the third time we have tried to map the Top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology. The list includes surgeons, scientists, engineers, CEOs and more, and each one of them has been voted for by you, our readers.

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100 reasons to be proud

Welcome to The Power List 2016 – our second foray into the Top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology.

Though we realize our list can (and should) never be definitive, who can argue that the faces within – both familiar and new – do not beautifully highlight the brilliance and diversity found within the field?

Here, we celebrate 100 reasons to be proud of ophthalmology.

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The 100 most influential people

Who are the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology?
That’s the question we posed to ourselves – and then to you – over two months ago, ahead of open nominations and a painstaking judging process. Here, without further ado, we celebrate the answer.

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