Ask a handful of ophthalmologists what drove them to select their medical specialty of choice, and at least a few responses will likely include the word (or some derivative of) innovation. The innovative nature of ophthalmology is unique, and it enables eye care providers to feel assured that they are providing, or on the path to providing, the most superior patient care possible. There are many minds at work in this field, helping to stack the ophthalmic pipeline with solutions designed to enhance the delivery of care we provide and increase the quality of outcomes our patients receive.
This issue of MillennialEYE celebrates the path of innovation in ophthalmology, from mindset to market. We hear from some pioneers who identified and strived to fill unmet needs for cataracts—often amid great skepticism and adversity. We also spotlight a range of products that entered the market in 2021 and get a preview into which emerging technologies and treatments various subspecialists think hold promise in their areas of expertise. As these advancements illustrate, ophthalmology is continuously propelled forward, driven by the disruptive figures and forces that make up this dynamic field.