10. Howard Gimbel, MD: Continuous Curvilinear Capsulorhexis, Optic Capture, and Divide & Conquer

In this enriching episode, Dr. Morgan Micheletti delves into the professional journey of Dr. Howard Gimbel, a luminary in the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Gimbel shares his evolutionary path from adopting the continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis (CCC) technique, which became a cornerstone for further innovations in cataract surgery. His narrative brings to light the necessity-driven genesis of techniques like optic capture and divide and conquer, each building upon the foundational stability provided by a well-executed CCC. His recount of how posterior haptic tuck and other methods came about, particularly under challenging surgical scenarios, is a testament to his problem-solving ethos. Dr. Gimbel’s humility shines through as he attributes his innovative strides to the quest for enhancing surgical outcomes rather than personal acclaim. This conversation not only provides a historical perspective but also underscores the iterative nature of surgical advancements, where each innovation opens the avenue for the next. Through Dr. Gimbel’s lens, listeners are offered a rare glimpse into the meld of necessity, contemplation, and innovative action that has shaped modern ophthalmic practice.

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