No matter how you look at it, Miss Ida Lucy Iacobucci is a woman of vision. As a widely admired orthoptist at the
Affectionately and universally known as Miss Ida (due in large part, she says, because younger patients found it difficult to pronounce her last name), she specializes in the evaluation, treatment and management of strabismusthe misalignment of the eyesin children and adults. She is also a leading investigator in the search for new methods of treating so-called lazy eye, a condition known as amblyopia that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses.
The clinic within the Skillman Children’s
“Orthoptics,” she explains, “has been my life’s work and life-long passion.
This fund ensures that money will be available to provide eye care for people who cannot afford it. Since I love my department, the fund can also be used to a limited extent for training orthoptic students, or acquiring computers and books.”
Her intense loyalty to the
“I was 12 or 13,” Miss Ida recalls, “and I had an eye problem. My father brought me to
She joined the Department of Ophthalmology in 1957 after completing orthoptic training at the
Under her guidance and influence, the programs she helped develop gained international recognition, and she has written numerous articles detailing her ground-breaking work in the highly specialized field. Miss Ida’s peers have recognized her many contributions to the field, awarding her the Lancaster Award, the highest honor given by the American Association of Certified Orthoptists.
Miss Ida still lives in a house built by her late father in
This article, written by John Barton, first appeared in Leaders & Best magazine’s Spring 2006 issue.
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