President Barack Obama bestowed the US nation’s highest award for innovation on an Arizona doctor for his work in the development of laser eye surgery. At the ceremony on the 1st of February, President Obama called Dr. Gholam Peyman the “father of LASIK” eye surgery – which uses a laser to correct the shape of the eye to refocus light, eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Dr Peyman got the first U.S. patent for the now-common procedure in 1989. It is one of more than 100 patents he has received. He was at the White House to receive the National Medal for Technology and Innovation, one of a handful of innovators to receive the award.
Dr Peyman is a professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine based in Phoenix, and runs a clinic in Sun City West called Arizona Retinal Specialists. Throughout his career, he has invented new ways to deliver drugs to the eye, new medical devices and new treatments for glaucoma.