Norman S. Jaffe, MD

  • Presented: 
    2003
  • Recognition: 
    ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame

(B. 1924)

“Norman Jaffe is really the American pioneer of intraocular lens implantation. Norman was also an outstanding surgeon, an outstanding educator, and wrote the definitive book on cataract surgery. So we have a real giant in our midst.”
Stephen A. Obstbaum, MD

Although Norman S. Jaffe has had a long, illustrious career as a practitioner, author, and teacher, he is perhaps best known as the tireless champion of the intraocular lens. His interest in the IOL began in 1966 when he examined a patient whose lens had been implanted 10 years earlier. The health of the eye inspired Jaffe to go on with further implants.

But despite successes, IOLs were met with a great deal of skepticism until Jaffe worked tirelessly to prove that IOLs were a vast improvement over past cataract surgical methods.

During his career, Jaffe has performed approximately 30,000 lens implants with cataract operations. He has also had 238 papers published in peer review journals.
In addition, he is the author of 13 books including the landmark Cataract Surgery and It’s Complications, the most widely read book on cataracts and IOLs in the last half of the past century.

Jaffe has received many honors including the Binkhorst Award. He was also named “guest of honor” at the 1997 meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.