AAO 2017 Ophthalmic DevicesThe AAO 2017 conference is a large gathering (2016 figures indicate more than 25,000 attendees last year) of doctors, surgeons, medical device developers and other professionals whose work is engrained in the ophthalmology space. It consists of speakers, virtual meetings, and “the largest exhibition of ophthalmic technology, products and services in the world.”

Some Background and Details

The mission of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is to protect sight and empower lives by serving as an advocate for patients and the public, leading ophthalmic education, and advancing the profession of ophthalmology.

This year’s annual AAO conference takes place November 11-14 in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Retina, cornea, glaucoma, and other subspecialties have deep-dive days before the core conference, on November 10 and 11.

A tiny sampling of the more than 1500 lectures at AAO 2017 include:

  • Management of Combined Schisis Retinal Detachment
  • A Phase 1B Clinical Safety Study of a Novel Tumor Targeted Therapy (AU-011) for the Treatment of Primary Choroidal Melanoma
  • Functional Optical Zone and Centration after Small-Incision Lenticule Extraction and Femtosecond Laser–Assisted LASIK: A Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Corneal Stromal Antibiotic Implants: A Novel Therapy for Posterior Corneal Infection
  • Corneal Collagen Crosslinking Complications with Keratoglobus
  • Glaucoma Drainage Implant in an Eye with Pre-existing Scleral Buckle and Secondary Glaucoma

Our Presence at the Event

product design and developmentKaleidoscope’s Ben Ko, Dave Banks and Matt Suits will attend the conference – to listen to speakers, explore the exhibits and connect with others in the ophthalmology space.

Ko is a biomedical engineer at Kaleidoscope, and an expert in the development of ophthalmic devices. For years, he has been at the center of some of our important ophthalmology work.

As a biomedical engineer deeply involved in the ophthalmology space, he looks forward to the conference:

“The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is one of the largest gatherings of ophthalmologists in the world, and it is a hive of activity. Physicians, researchers, students, inventors, and R&D companies comingle throughout the weekend, trading ideas and building off of one another’s work. Ophthalmology has been dedicated to exponential technological advancement since the 90s, and the collaboration at global conferences like AAO proves that the field has no intent of slowing down.

Kaleidoscope has been intimately involved in groundbreaking development across ophthalmology, including retinal surgical procedure design, wound therapy advancement, and consumer products research. We’re thrilled to be working with such talented, dedicated clinical partners and look forward to another great year at AAO.”

At Kaleidoscope, Banks has also been involved in the development of a breakthrough ophthalmic therapeutic device, ensuring it is optimized globally for long-term commercial success.

Kaleidoscope’s Ophthalmology Work

AAO 2017 Ophthalmic DevicesThrough our continued work with our business partners, Kaleidoscope has gained deep insights and extensive knowledge in the healthcare and medical device space, and in ophthalmic devices in particular. AAO 2017 is an excellent fit for our team to continue to grow, learn and connect with other professionals in the ophthalmology field so we can continue to deliver excellent products for our business partners.





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