"What advances are you anticipating in the coming year?"
Dr. McDonnell greatly anticipated seeing how the first approved corneal inlay (KAMRA inlay, AcuFocus) would fare in the marketplace. Since then, another inlay (Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, ReVision Optics) has also been capturing surgeons’ attention.
In addition, Dr. McDonnell's hope that corneal crosslinking (CXL) would make its entrance into the U.S. market finally came true this year. Since its approval, CXL has shown to be a safe, effective procedure for treatment of keratoconus and corneal ectasia. Various methods of the CXL procedure, such as photorefractive intrastromal crosslinking (PiXL), epi-on CXL, and accelerated CXL, have also gained in popularity and use in the United States.
Dr. Olson could not wait to have new options for dry eye products. You may have been living under a rock if you did not hear Shire’s new dry eye drug, Xiidra, was approved by the FDA this year for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. You can read about the results of the OPUS-3 study here.