Otto Haab, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Otto Haab

Swiss ophthalmologist (1850-1931)

Date of Birth: 19-Apr-1850

Place of Birth: Wülflingen, canton of Zürich, Switzerland

Date of Death: 17-Oct-1931

Profession: physician, university teacher, ophthalmologist

Nationality: Switzerland

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Otto Haab

  • Otto Haab (19 April 1850 – 17 October 1931) was a Swiss ophthalmologist who was a native of Wülflingen, which today is a district in the city of Winterthur. In 1875, he obtained his doctorate from the University of Zurich, where, as a student, he was an assistant to Karl Joseph Eberth in pathological anatomy.
  • In 1886, he succeeded Johann Friedrich Horner as professor of ophthalmology at Zurich, a position he held until 1919. Otto Haab made contributions involving pathological anatomy of the eye, as well as in treatment of eye-related lesions.
  • In 1885 he clinically described senile macular degeneration, and investigated the atrophic and pigmentary changes in the macular region of the eye associated with the condition.
  • His name is associated with several medical eponyms, that include: "Haab's reflex", which is another name for pupillary light reflex, and "Haab's magnet", a powerful magnet used for removing metallic particles from the eye.
  • Also, the "Haab scale" is a device used to measure pupillary diameter, and "Haab's striae" are horizontal breaks in the Descemet membrane associated with congenital glaucoma.

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