John C. Barber, MD

Design of a Retainable Keratoprosthesis: History, Design, and Evaluation in Cats
by John C. Barber, MD

Results Keratoprostheses were placed in one eye in each of ten cats. Nine of the implants were retained for the duration of the study. The prostheses were well accepted by the corneas and were well centered within the limbus. There was a rapid decrease of swelling and inflammation in the conjunctival flap. Two cats developed retraction of the conjunctiva from the core requiring repair, one each at the fourth and eighth weeks. Both repairs were successful in obtaining conjunctival coverage of the cornea for the duration of the study.

The Joy of Medical Practice: Forty Years of Interesting Patients
by John C. Barber, MD

From the day that Dr. Barber went into the wards as a junior medical student until the day he retired more than forty years later, he was involved in medical care, serving his patients to the utmost of his ability. As an ophthalmologist, he rarely dealt with life-threatening disorders, but he was able to save and restore vision. He also witnessed firsthand the impact of visual loss on people, many of whom could not have their vision saved. His greatest joy was that of patient care. Meeting people and being able to help them overcome a disease was always very important. He loves to tell the stories of his favorite patients and how they influenced him. They include:

  • A nun who could not wear black; 
  • A baby with a congenital orbital teratoma;
  • A lady who always sat in the dark;

And many more interesting characters! Discover or rediscover the joys of pursuing a career in medicine, or, if you are a patient, find others who are going through the same problems you might be suffering from in The Joy of Medical Practice.


Hey Doc! What is Wrong with My Eye: A General Guide to Eye Problems
by John C. Barber, MD

This book is inended as a guide for lay persons and medical personnel to answer questions about eye problems. It is written for the non-medical reader to understand without a medical dictionary. Most physicians know very little about common eye problems and could benefit fron the informaton imparted by Dr. Barber. All of the major problems like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration are presented along with current treatments for each. THere is a separate section for children's eye problems and the eye changes of AIDS. The reader need not worry about being bogged down in esoteric eye diseases, but the common problems are covered at a general level of understanding.