Helen Keller Prize 2017 awarded to Dr Gerrit Melles

“The cornea is the front window of the eye. By transplanting a single cell layer, instead of an entire cornea, Gerrit Melles showed a better way to restore clear vision to millions of cornea-blind sufferers worldwide. His discovery ranks with modern cataract surgery and deep eye surgery (vitrectomy) as among the most revolutionary eye surgery advances of modern times.”

Robert Morris, M.D.
President, Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education