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    Descemet, Munson, Bowman, and more

    I wish I could discover something and name it after me. Now, I have Swartz-Matsuo glaucoma, but I did not name it. In case you weren’t aware (I was not), an eponym is a word derived from the name of a person. A medical eponym is therefore any word related to medicine whose name is derived from a person.

    As we all remember well from every test we took in optometry school, we have a lot of eponyms. But we know where they are located or what they do—not who they are named after. Let’s see who we have.

    Let’s start with a famous OD from our own time, Donald Korb, OD, FAAO, who is responsible for the only gas perm fit I am comfortable using. He is a clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, as well as a trustee at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston. He is responsible for 30 U.S. patents and cofounded multiple companies for contact lens and dry eye research, including Corneal Sciences, Inc.; Ocular Research of Boston, which developed Soothe XP (now marketed by Bausch + Lomb); and TearScience, the home of Lipiflow.1 Yes, I wanted to start with a heavy hitter.

    Let’s turn back the clock.


    Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
    Tracy Schroeder Swartz currently practices at Madison Eye Care Center in Madison, Alabama. She serves as Education Chair for the ...


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