UC Irvine News Brief: American Glaucoma Society bestows Innovator Award on Dr. George Baerveldt

UCI ophthalmology professor receives second annual honor for extraordinary contributions to his field.

Dr. George Baerveldt has received the American Glaucoma Society’s second annual Innovator Award for extraordinary contributions to his field. A UCI professor of ophthalmology, Baerveldt has gained international recognition for his glaucoma research and surgical innovations. He created the Baerveldt glaucoma implant and currently holds four patents related to this invention. Baerveldt also developed the Trabectome, a minimally invasive surgical instrument for the treatment of adult and infantile open-angle glaucoma. Both devices are regularly used worldwide. Baerveldt accepted the award March 1 at the AGS’s annual meeting in New York.