Catching up after ASCRS 2022, Ora's Caitlin Black, senior director and therapeutic area head of medical devices, talks about the next generation of ophthalmic device therapies and diagnostics, clinical trial updates and new innovations that are most exciting for presbyopia treatment.
"The next challenge as more lenses become available will be to properly select the technology for the patient for individualized patient outcomes." - Caitlin Black
Catching up after ASCRS 2022, Ora's Caitlin Black, senior director and therapeutic area head of medical devices, talks with Ophthalmology Times® about exciting new presbyopia IOL technology coming down the pipeline.
This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.
Hi, my name is Caitlin Black, senior director and therapeutic area head of medical devices at Ora. We are a full-service clinical development organization overseeing both drug and device clinical trials.
Just returning from ASCRS, I am most excited about the innovation in presbyopia. Presbyopia is the so-called "final frontier" in refractive surgery, and there are many advancements that are providing additional options to presbyopic patients.
We know that worldwide, 1.7 billion people are affected with presbyopia and they currently have limited options. Their quality of life is diminished due to the decreased visual acuity, and many are looking to be free of glasses or obtain spectacle independence.
Since 1949, when IOLs first for implanted we've seen many advancements in IOL technology, including multifocal accommodating IOLs, pinhole IOLs, and extended depth of focus IOLs. Now we're really focused on patient-reported outcomes in our medical trials.
At Ora we work very closely with our sponsors to design study protocols that take into consideration patient's quality of life. We do this through integrating quality of life questionnaires, supplements and being mindful of patient objectives when they enter a clinical trial for a premium IOL.
At Ora we partner with many sites, we have 800 sites that we partner with worldwide and we have individuals on the ground working in 25 countries. This allows us to have really high quality oversight and monitoring of the clinical trials, which ultimately proceeds with high quality outcomes.
We know that there are many exciting advancements coming in presbyopic IOLs, many IOLs that are currently available outside of the US are entering clinical trial in the United States. I think the next challenge as more lenses become available will be to properly select the technology for the patient for individualized patient outcomes.