Alcon to Showcase New Clinical Data, Innovative Technology at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2019 Annual Meeting

  • Large scientific program will reinforce the ongoing clinical and
    patient benefits of its robust portfolio
  • Highlights include new product launches in phacoemulsification,
    visualization for the Cataract Refractive Suite and innovations in
    intraoperative aberrometry and AT-IOLs
  • Onsite events for surgeons demonstrate Alcon’s continued commitment
    to world-class training, education

GENEVA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alcon, the global leader in eye care dedicated to helping people see
brilliantly, will feature new clinical data along with innovative
product designs and technology for the Cataract Refractive Suite during
the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2019
annual meeting, taking place May 3-7 in San Diego, CA. The company –
which recently became an independent, publicly-traded entity – will be
included in 170 scientific abstracts at the meeting, underscoring its
efforts to support surgeons with the most complete line of ophthalmic
surgical devices.

“It’s an exciting time at Alcon. We are the largest independent eye care
device company in the world, with a powerful plan for innovation and
growth, fueled in part by the data and technology we will be showcasing
at ASCRS this year,” said Sergio Duplan, Region President, North
America, Alcon. “This meeting offers another opportunity to demonstrate
our focus in delivering advancements in areas we know are important to
our customers – especially personalization, precision and efficiency
during surgery to deliver better patient outcomes.”

Innovating in Phacoemulsification (Phaco) Technology

In an effort to improve safety, consistency and control during cataract
surgery, Alcon will launch the ACTIVE SENTRY® Handpiece and
INTREPID® Hybrid Tip. The ACTIVE SENTRY® Handpiece
is the first and only phaco handpiece with a built-in fluidics pressure
sensor that detects pressure in real time and communicates with the
CENTURION® Vision System. The INTREPID® Hybrid Tip
is an update to the popular INTREPID® BALANCED Tip, and
includes a rounded polymer edge designed to reduce the risk of capsular
tears and improve patient safety in the OR.1 Several posters
and presentations will highlight the clinical significance of these

  • Monday, May 6

    • Paper Presentation: Occlusion Break Surge Volume Reduction
      with Active Sentry, Presented by Dr. Kevin M. Miller (3:40 – 3:45
      p.m., San Diego Convention Center [SDCC], Upper Level, Room 1B).
  • Tuesday, May 7

    • Paper Presentation: Evaluation of the Capsular Safety of a
      Novel Hybrid Phacoemulsification Tip in a Cadaver Eye Model,
      Presented by Dr. Caleb L. Shumway, et al. (10:07 – 10:12 a.m.,
      SDCC, Upper Level, Room 1A).

Changing the Paradigm in Visualization

Alcon will feature two technologies that aim to improve surgeon
visualization during cataract surgery.

  • The new LuxOR Revalia™ Ophthalmic Microscope delivers enhanced
    visualization during all stages of cataract surgery through unique and
    personalized LED illumination technology.2
  • NGENUITY® 3D Visualization System will now be available in
    the Cataract Refractive Suite to bring unprecedented 3D visualization
    for the anterior space.3 In addition to offering greater
    depth of focus during cataract surgery, the system enables a full view
    of the surgical procedure for the entire OR staff, and enhances
    training and teaching capabilities for residents and fellows. It also
    allows the surgeon to operate with a more ergonomic posture during

Highlighting Advantages of Intraoperative Aberrometry

The ORA SYSTEM® powered by AnalyzOR™ Technology is the only
intraoperative aberrometer to bring precise, real-time tracking of
refractive outcomes for continual optimization during surgery. Key data
shared at the meeting will examine the results of using intraoperative
aberrometry versus pre-operative formulas.

  • Saturday, May 4

    • Paper Presentation: Refractive Outcomes Using
      Intraoperative Aberrometry for Highly Myopic, Highly Hyperopic,
      and Post-Refractive Eyes, Presented by Dr. Terry Kim, et al. (1:45
      – 1:50 p.m., SDCC, Upper Level, Room 1B).
  • Tuesday, May 7

    • Paper Presentation: Use of a Refractive Analysis Database
      for Intraocular Lens Power Optimization in Cataract Surgery,
      Presented by Dr. Robert J. Cionni et al. (9:00 – 9:05 a.m., SDCC,
      Upper Level, Room 1B).

Alcon will be hosting a symposium titled Intra-Operative Aberrometry
(IOA) In Modern Cataract Refractive Surgery for Current and Future Users
for existing or interested ORA SYSTEM® technology
users; the symposium will focus on ORA intraoperative aberrometry with
preoperative formulas. This event will be held on Friday, May 3 from
5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Marriott Marquis, San Diego Marina, Ballroom 10.

Examining the Benefits of Presbyopia-Correcting IOLs

Alcon’s ReSTOR® +2.5D ACTIVEFOCUS™ is the only multifocal
toric IOL that delivers uncompromised distance vision and unrivaled
stability.5-10 New data will be presented which looks at the
satisfaction of patients implanted with a ReSTOR® 2.5 and 3.0
add lens combination and the rotational stability with ACTIVEFOCUS™
Toric IOLs versus TECNIS® Toric IOLs*.

  • Saturday, May 4

    • Paper Presentation: Patient-Reported Satisfaction and
      Spectacle Independence Using Mini-monovision with the Multifocal
      IOLs in Cataract Surgery, Presented by Dr. John A. Hovanesian
      (2:10 – 2:15 p.m., SDCC, Upper Level, Room 7B).
  • Tuesday, May 7

    • Paper Presentation: Residual Astigmatism after IOL
      Placement: An Update in Rotational Trends, Presented by Dr. Brent
      A. Kramer, et al. (10:32 – 10:37 a.m., SDCC, Upper Level, Room 1B).

Alcon will also have the following events onsite:

  • The Focal Point: Teachable Moments in Cataract Surgery from the
    Alcon Experience Academy, during which world-class surgeons will
    discuss cataract cases via a wide-screen, high-definition 3D video
    presentation. The event will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 6:15 –
    7:45 p.m., SDCC, Hall E.
  • Surgeon to Surgeon gives surgeons who visit the Alcon booth
    #921 the opportunity to talk one-on-one with other surgeons about some
    of the most innovative eye care technologies in the industry.
  • Alcon (ALC): Our Next Chapter lunch event enables attendees to
    learn more about the new, independent Alcon including a look at how
    the company plans to shape the future of ophthalmology. This will take
    place on Sunday, May 5 from 11:30 – 1:00 PM, SDCC, Hall E.

Visit Alcon booth #921 to learn more and experience hands-on
demonstrations of the Alcon cataract and refractive portfolio, including
our newest innovations.

All educational content of the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting is planned
by its program committee, and ASCRS•ASOA does not endorse, promote,
approve, or recommend the use of any products, devices, or services.


The CENTURION® Vision system is indicated for
emulsification, separation, irrigation, and aspiration of cataracts,
residual cortical material and lens epithelial cells, vitreous
aspiration and cutting associated with anterior vitrectomy, bipolar
coagulation, and intraocular lens injection. Appropriate use of CENTURION®
Vision System parameters and accessories is important for successful
procedures. Please refer to the ORA SYSTEM® Operator’s Manual
for a complete description of proper use and maintenance, as well as a
complete list of contraindications, warnings and precautions.

About LuxOR Revalia™ Ophthalmic Microscope

The LuxOR Revalia™ Ophthalmic Microscope features unique technologies
designed to optimize both anterior and posterior procedures, providing
superior visualization1 for every type of ophthalmic surgery.
As with all ophthalmic microscopes, exposure during aphakia should be
limited to reduce the risk of damage. During aphakia, limit exposure to
red reflex light to no more than 7 minutes.

3D Visualization System

The NGENUITY® 3D Visualization System consists of a 3D
stereoscopic, high-definition digital video camera and workstation to
provide magnified stereoscopic images of objects during micro-surgery.
It acts as an adjunct to the surgical microscope during surgery
displaying real-time images or images from recordings. Please refer to
the User Manual for a complete list of appropriate uses, warnings and

powered by AnalyzOR™

The ORA SYSTEM® technology utilizes wavefront aberrometry
data to measure and analyze the refractive power of the eye (i.e.
sphere, cylinder, and axis measurements) to support cataract surgical
procedures. Please refer to the User Manual for a complete list of
appropriate uses, warnings and precautions.

About ReSTOR®
+2.5D with ACTIVEFOCUS™ optical design

The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Posterior Chamber
Intraocular Multifocal IOLs include AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®
and AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Toric and are intended for
primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia secondary to
removal of a cataractous lens in adult patients with and without
presbyopia, who desire near, intermediate and distance vision with
increased spectacle independence. In addition, the AcrySof®
IQ ReSTOR® Toric IOL is intended to correct pre-existing
astigmatism. The lenses are intended to be placed in the capsular bag.
Careful preoperative evaluation and sound clinical judgment should be
used by the surgeon to decide the risk/benefit ratio before implanting a
lens in a patient with any of the conditions described in the Directions
for Use labeling for each IOL. Some patients may experience visual
disturbances and/or discomfort due to multifocality, especially under
dim light conditions. Prior to surgery, physicians should provide
prospective patients with a copy of the Patient Information Brochure
available from Alcon informing them of possible risks and benefits
associated with the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOLs.


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with a heritage spanning more than seven decades, we offer the broadest
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million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions
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