The 2015 Innovation Awards Are here
Ophthalmology is one of the most intense incubators of innovation in all of medicine. Competition is driving not just incremental improvements in products that you might expect, but also some big, game-changing leaps too. Here, we recognize a year’s worth of innovation. Apps, IOLs, imagers, lasers, devices and drugs – the latest and greatest are all here. But which one came out on top this year?
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1. Harmoni Modular IOL
A two-piece IOL designed to adapt to, and accommodate changes in, refractive needs
Produced by: ClarVista Medical, Inc.
Detail: The HARMONI modular IOL system is designed to improve upon existing IOL designs, by having the flexibility to exchange the optic component at any time – without manipulation of the capsular bag or the base component. HARMONI’s base component enhances structural support of the capsular bag, in order to help deliver more predictable post-procedural outcomes. The base component is designed to securely receive the optic component using traditional surgical tools and techniques, and the optic component can be of monofocal, toric, advanced multifocal or extended depth-of-focus designs – and can be exchanged post-operatively without manipulation of the base or the delicate capsular bag.
The two-piece design means that the base plate has the potential to maintain a consistent position within the capsular bag – and that the addition of the optic portion of the IOL to the base plate should attain a more predictable position within the eye. The effective lens position can therefore be better predicted, allowing for improved outcomes. If the desired power is missed, the fact that the optic portion of the IOL can be easily exchanged allows for a safer and more predictable enhancement than current IOL designs permit. In the case of toric misalignment, realignment should also be safer and easier than current IOL designs.
Impact: The HARMONI Modular IOL system is designed to produce a more predictable lens position, and allow for refractive care to be provided over the patient’s life, even if changes in lifestyle or pathology create the need for a different refractive solution, as it will allow patients to upgrade their IOL as better technologies arise.
The HARMONI allows for easy adjustment of IOL power, addition (or subtraction) of toricity, IOL rotation by exchange, or manipulation of the modular component of the optic in these two-piece component IOLs. It is also potentially very important for pediatric cataract patients, who experience changes in eye power as the eye grows.
The judges said:
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