December 28, 2003 by

Antonio R. Gasset


Categories: Medicine

Dr. Antonio R. Gasset, an ophthalmologist who developed a technique to restore vision to blind patients suffering from a cornea disease, died on Nov. 24 following colon surgery. He was 67.
Gasset completed three years of medical school at the University of Havana before moving to the United States in 1961. He spent his first few years in America learning English and working as a lab technician at the Retina Foundation in Boston.
Once he was proficient in the language, Gasset completed his medical training at Boston University and studied ophthalmology for a semester at Harvard University. In the late 1960s and ’70s, he established a reputation for himself as a researcher at the University of Florida’s Shands Teaching Hospital. There he and renowned ophthalmologist Herbert Kaufman developed thermokeratoplasty, the first treatment for keratoconus, a disease of the cornea that causes blindness. Gasset was also involved in the development of soft contact lenses.
Gasset traveled the world giving lectures on ophthalmology, and opened the Miami Eye Institute in 1979. He also received numerous honors during his career, including the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association.

7 Responses to Antonio R. Gasset

  1. mike

    I am very sorry for your loss. I am about to get cornea transplant surgery and I appreciate all of dr gasset’s hard work. may he rest in peace.

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