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Ophthalmological Numismatics
June 2007

Ignacio Barraquer

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(6):812. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.6.812

Ignacio Barraquer (1884-1965) of Barcelona, Spain, followed his father in the practice of ophthalmology. In 1941, he founded the Barraquer Institute, which is dedicated to the research and the interchange of scientific ideas. Ignacio Barraquer was especially famous for the invention of the erysophake, which was used in intracapsular cataract extraction.

In 1968, a commemorative medal of Barraquer was struck by Calico of Barcelona, Spain. The obverse depicts the bust of Barraquer facing right. The reverse depicts the winged eye of Horus, the ancient Egyptian symbol of a healthy and safe eye.