Perry S. Binder

Perry S. Binder

Title: Clinical Professor
Company: Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine
Location: Hailey, Idaho, United States

Perry S. Binder, Retired Clinical Professor at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, Irvine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ophthalmology.

Renowned for his work as an ophthalmologist, Dr. Binder has been passionate about the field ever since it was introduced to him. He loves taking ideas and developing them, so much so that he even developed his own, privately-funded research laboratory. The National Vision Research Institute was active from 1974 to 1997, and was one of only three ophthalmology labs in the country that operated outside a university. Dr. Binder and his peers studied every surgical procedure that was developed or was being tested for treating vision problems; people from all over the world sent him specimens to have analyzed. Some of his greatest achievements were performing the first IntraLase LASIK and first first IntraLase Lamellar Keratoplasty in Europe, teaching the first course in radial keratotomy in Japan, performing the first radial keratotomy procedure in France, and diagnosing and managing ectatic corneal disorders.

Outside of his lab, Dr. Binder enjoyed sharing his findings and experiences with others. He served as an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, from 1974 to 1981, a founder of the Gordon, Binder & Weiss Vision Institute from 1993 to 2008, and as a clinical professor at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, Irvine, from 2007 to 2018. He further connected with his peers as a lifetime member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the president of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, and a member of organizations like the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Although he is now retired, he continues to lend his skills as a consultant to Aleyegn, Inc., iTopo, and Stroma, Inc.

Dr. Binder prepared for his endeavors by earning a degree from Northwestern University in 1969 and both a Master of Science in microbiology and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois in 1965. Then, to ensure he remained at the top of his industry, he took a variety of continuing education classes. Some of his most recent include the AcuFocus Corneal Inlay PDT Surgical Training Course in Mexico, the CITI principal investigator certification course in 2008, and the VISX Star 4 custom fourier certification course from LASIK/PRK in 2006. He also completed a corneal fellowship at the University of Florida.

In light of Dr. Binder’s accomplishments, he was named an Outstanding Reviewer by the American Journal of Ophthalmology in 2018 and the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2016, as well as a premier surgeon among the Ocular Surgery News’ 300 Innovators in Laser Cataract Surgery that same year. He also received a Special Recognition Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2015, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2012 and 2006, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Refractive Surgery in 2003 and 1999, an Honor Award from the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Inc., in 1996, and a Cornea and Contact Lens Award from the University of Houston in 1995, among many other accolades. One of the highlights of his career was being elected to be the chairman of the cornea section of ARVO, the top ophthalmic research organization in the world. This was a huge honor.

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