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Cornelius D. Binkhorst, MD

  • Presented: 
  • Recognition: 
    ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame


“The vast contributions that he made have earned him the respect and admiration of all ophthalmologists” 
—Robert C. Drews, MD

Dutch ophthalmologist Cornelius Binkhorst made fundamental contributions to the development of intraocular lenses. He was one of the first surgeons to implant Ridley lenses, but soon began making improvements. In 1958, he introduced the first iris-clip lens, followed by several modifications, all designed to provide better stability and centration in the eye. During a period of great trial and error for implant surgeons, Binkhorst’s intellectual honesty and willingness to share both his successes and failures inspired confidence in the many ophthalmologists who came from around the world to train with him. He was also influential in leading his colleagues away from intracapsular cataract extraction toward extracapsular extractions, something many now believe was his most important achievement. Binkhorst was an excellent surgeon and an enthusiastic teacher whose deep commitment to improving IOL implantation was recognized by all who knew him.