Dr. Ike Ahmed, MD, will be awarded the Binkhorst Medal and will present the prestigious Binkhorst Lecture during the Opening General Session of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators Annual Symposium and Congress in Boston April 26, 2014. His lecture, entitled “Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery: An Idea Whose Time Has Come,” will explore the promise of this new, potentially disruptive technology and its increasing role in the treatment paradigm for glaucoma.

Since 1975, the Binkhorst Medal has been awarded to the world’s most prominent ophthalmologists whose careers have made significant contributions to the science and practice of ophthalmology. During his distinguished career, Dr. Ahmed’s work has established him as a foremost leader in the field of ophthalmology and a primary force in the surgical management of glaucoma, complex cataract, and intraocular lens complications.

Dr. Ahmed is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. He is the Research Director at the Kensington Eye Institute and the Director of the Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery (GAASS) fellowship, both at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ahmed is also head of the ophthalmology division at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga, Ontario.

Dr. Ahmed has earned a worldwide reputation for his groundbreaking work in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of highly complex eye diseases, including glaucoma and surgical complications. Recognized as one of the most experienced complex eye surgeons in the world, Dr. Ahmed has been a leader in novel treatments for glaucoma, cataract, and lens implant surgery. He has done pioneering work in innovative glaucoma surgery, developing and coining the term micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) as a new genre of surgical approaches and devices. In 2010, Dr. Ahmed was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” – a prestigious national award recognizing significant achievements at a young age.

Dr. Ahmed has received numerous research grants to study glaucoma medications, glaucoma laser, and surgical devices/techniques, angle-closure glaucoma, anterior segment, and retinal/optic nerve imaging in glaucoma, cataract surgical techniques and devices, and intraocular lens designs. Dr. Ahmed has designed microsurgical instrumentation, devices, implants, and techniques for the management of the dislocated cataract, iris reconstruction, and glaucoma. In addition to holding many educational directorships and serving on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, Dr. Ahmed has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, given more than 600 scientific presentations, and delivered 28 visiting professor lectures around the world.