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    What does 2017 have in store for ophthalmology?

     

    Where do you see the most growth in the field of ophthalmology?

    Dr. Masket: I believe that ocular imaging has shown and will continue to show the greatest expansion. In the foreseeable future I believe that OCT imaging may replace tractional slit lamp exam and ophthalmoscopy.

    Dr. Snyder: I believe that angle-based glaucoma surgery will be a high growth area for 2017.

    Dr. Fekrat: Gene therapy, visual cortical prosthesis Robotic Retinal Dissection Device (R2D2), preventing vitreous liquefaction.

    Dr. Maloney: I think we will see significant growth in intracorneal inlays as a treatment for presbyopia.

    Dr. Hoffman: I still feel that the refractive surgery market including LASIK and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is being underpromoted. There is a huge potential market for RLE which, unfortunately, is currently dependent on our economy and patient’s ability to cover the costs of these procedures.

    Dr. Lee: Laser technology, stem cell, gene therapy, OCT angiography

    Dr. Olson: IRIS could be more important than cataract surgery as far as profitability but could really hammer a lot of the present technology. My prediction is it will be huge for ophthalmology.

    Dr. Kornmehl: Inlays for presbyopia will become increasingly popular. It will be important for surgeons to offer both the Raindrop and KAMRA Inlays since they are most effective in different patient populations.

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