“He was a visionary. He was always working, always thinking, always trying to make things better.”
—Robert H. Marmer, MD
Svyatoslav Fyodorov, known to his friends as Slava, began his professional life in the outer reaches of the Soviet Union, but was transferred to Moscow as his reputation grew. As the developer of the Sputnik lens, Fyodorov was a pioneer in IOL implantation. However, he is probably best known as the father of modern radial keratotomy. Fyodorov’s success with RK sparked a wave of interest in refractive surgery that shows no sign of diminishing even today. He also made important contributions to lens power calculation, corneal collagen shields, glaucoma surgery, thermal keratoplasty, and even practice management, with his emphasis on efficiency and new business methods. An absolute font of ideas, Fyodorov developed one of the first phakic IOLs and was working on a laser cataract extraction technique when he was killed in a helicopter crash last year.