Commitment to education continues with The XVI Rayner Forum

Posted on 5/07/2016

For over a decade, the annual Rayner Forum has been a calendar highlight for surgeons in Austria and Germany. However to coincide with the opening of Rayner’s brand new, state of the art headquarters and production facility ‘The Ridley Innovation Centre’ in Worthing, West Sussex, we decided to hold the 2016 Forum in the UK for the first time and open up this educational opportunity to UK surgeons as well.


Hosted by Professor Oliver Findl, from the Hanusch Hospital in Vienna, the pan-European forum centred around a theme of “Innovations and Controversies in Ophthalmology”.

The CPD point-accredited event boasted a full scientific program not only about IOLs, but also the latest innovations and controversies in retina, glaucoma and cornea areas of specialty which made for lively debate and knowledge-sharing around both conventional challenges and novel techniques & products.
Please see below for the full programme:

Morning Programme: Innovations

  • Michael Amon MD: Major Innovations in the Development of Cataract Surgery
  • James Wolffsohn PhD: Refractive Targeting; the Reality of Outcomes
  •  Allon Barsam MA: Managing Refractive Surprises
  •  Nino Hirnschall MD: Toric Intraocular Lens Power Calculation

Morning Programme: Controversies

  • Björn Bachmann MD: DMEK vs DSAEK Pearls and Pitfalls
  • Ramin Khoramnia MD: Material Analysis of Explanted IOLs
  • Wolfgang Lange MD: LCS vs LACS
  • Detlef Holland MD: FLACS: Why I recommend if For Every Patient
  • Ina Conrad-Hengerer MD: Management of Intumescent White Cataracts
  • Richard Packard MD: It’s All About the Capsulotomy

Afternoon Programme: Innovations

  • Anselm Jünemann MD: Minimal Invasive Glaucoma Surgery – Update
  • Hagen Thieme MD: Telemetric IO Measurements
  • Fritz H. Hengerer MD: Profitability of Single Use Products
Richard Packard MD: It’s All About the Capsulotomy
Fritz H. Hengerer MD: Profitability of Single Use Products

Allon Barsam MA: Managing Refractive Surprises

Forum delegates learn how to make an IOL: The Ridley Innovation Centre tour

Prior to the Forum, the majority of delegates attended an afternoon at The Ridley Innovation Centre IOL production facility — capable of manufacturing three million intraocular lenses each year – adding to the excitement and high spirits.

Surgeons took part in the following activities:

  • Make your own IOL
  • Interactive manufacturing plant tour
  • Hands-on experience with the next generation of Rayner products during a wetlab session led by Rayner R&D Director Nat Davies
  • A Presentation on ‘How to produce a high quality IOL’, presented by Chris Davison, Director of Operations.

The feedback on both The Rayner Forum and The Ridley Innovation Centre visit has been overwhelmingly positive, with surgeons describing the events as “highly informative and valuable”.

Dr Hengerer and Professor Thieme discuss how to make an IOL
An IOL under inspection

Matt explains the production process to engaged surgeons
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