The history of vitrectomy instrumentation: A personal account of a transoceanic australian-usa collaboration

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Scopus citations


The following presents a personal account of one man’s journey through a once-in-a-lifetime experience that changed the world. Recounting the extraordinary events that led to the development of vitrectomy would not have been possible without the assistance of my long-time friend and indispensable colleague Dr. Helmut Buettner. In his endearing self-effacing manner, Helmut graciously insisted on not sharing authorship of this chapter, feeling that it was my story. I therefore dedicate this introduction to thanking him—for everything. Of course, words alone cannot express the gratitude and devotion I feel for the leadership of my mentors and friends, the Chief, EWD Norton and Robert Machemer, whose adventure this was as well (Fig. V.B.1-1).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVitreous: In Health and Disease
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9781493910861, 9781493910854
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Endoillumination
  • Foot pedal
  • Instruments
  • Microsurgery
  • Operating microscope
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitreous
  • Vitreous infusion suction cutter (VISC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

Cite this