A major scientific prize is awarded to new approaches to corneal diseases

A major scientific prize is awarded to new approaches to corneal diseases

Lisbon, Portugal — A Dutch and Swedish scientist are sharing a one million euro ($1 million) eye prize from a Portuguese foundation for their groundbreaking work on corneal diseases.

Gerrit Melles, of the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Eye Surgery in Rotterdam, has revolutionized the surgical treatment of corneal diseases, the Champalimaud Foundation said on Wednesday when announcing the winners of its annual Vision Prize.

The Lisbon, Portugal-based foundation said Claes H. Dohlman, of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School’s Department of Ophthalmology, has reshaped the way medicine understands the cornea, developing several innovative treatments.

Their separate work has restored sight to millions while preventing blindness in others, the Champalimaud Foundation said in its citation.

Corneal damage or disorder has for years been one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, and the two laureates have “decidedly changed and accelerated the path to addressing these issues,” the foundation said.

The Vision Award was established in 2007 and claims to be one of the greatest science awards in the world.

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