As the end of 2015 approaches, this time of year prompts a great deal of reflection, both on the days past and on those to come. An easy and perhaps natural way to reflect on a year in ophthalmology is through the new technologies and techniques that have emerged over the past 12 months. It is also an opportunity to anticipate the ways in which these innovations will change the way we practice in the future. The videos below showcase a few novel ideas that leave me eager to see what the ever-changing field of ophthalmology will bring us in the coming year.
KAHOOK DUAL BLADE
Dr. Malik Kahook’s newest device for MIGS provides an elegant, efficient approach to lowering IOP. This procedure is performed in conjunction with cataract surgery or as a standalone primary procedure for IOP reduction. This video posting comes at a perfect time, as the Kahook Dual Blade (New World Medical) has just launched, and surgeons will be looking to take advantage of this cutting-edge product. I personally look forward to adding another tool to my MIGS bag that may allow for clinical and/or insurance/reimbursement advantages over other alternatives.
3-D PRINTER FOR OCULAR INSTRUMENTS
This video shows the use of 3-D printing for development and production of a pupil expansion device. This process may be the future of ophthalmology microinstruments, as it will allow almost limitless design. Efficiency will be maximized by speeding up the process of conception to implementation. I look forward to seeing other innovators adapt and utilize this technology.
Laser cataract surgery has opened our eyes to capsulotomy precision and accuracy and has also paved the way for other novel approaches to capsulotomy creation.This video demonstrates the use of Zepto (Mynosys), one of the newest alternative techniques that may allow for improved capsulotomy strength and/or other clinical advantages.