Three winners of the Physics Nobel Prize are to receive medals and prize money for their contribution to eye surgery with their laser technology work.

BCLA president Professor Sunil Shah has highlighted the research that Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland undertook in the 1980s into the technique of chirped pulse amplification.

He said: ‘It ultimately paved the way for the development of the revolutionary Femtosecond laser which has made procedures very safe and accurate. Femtosecond applications, which include laser-assisted cataract surgery, is utilised in the creation of a corneal flap during LASIK laser eye surgery and is being used for research into lens softening for presbyopia.’

Scientist Arthur Ashkin will receive half of the overall prize money for his work on optical tweezers and their application to biological systems at a ceremony in Stockholm on December 10.