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First Time Robotic Cataract Surgery Using ForSight Robotics’ ORYOM Platform Presented at ASCRS Meeting

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The first-of-its-kind robotic cataract procedure on a porcine eye was presented at the 2024 ASCRS Annual Meeting, by Dr David F. Chang, a renowned cataract surgeon and past ASCRS President, marking the debut of this technology at a professional conference.

During his Charles D. Kelman Innovator Lecture, Dr Chang discussed his experience using ForSight Robotics’ ORYOM Surgical Robotics Platform to perform a complete, remote robotic cataract procedure. He presented a video of the procedure and discussed the future potential of this groundbreaking technology. 

“This is the first time I’m showing a video of me operating on an animal eye, doing the entire procedure with robotic arms, while sitting at a workstation located 20 ft. away from the eye. The robotic arms were precisely mirroring what my hands were doing.”

 

David F. Chang, MD is recognised as one of the world’s top cataract surgeons. He has pioneered, developed and taught many surgical strategies for complex and complicated cataract cases and has championed the need for innovative solutions to combat global cataract blindness and advance sustainability in ophthalmology. Dr Chang, a clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, ranked #5 in the 2023 “Power List” of the 100 most influential ophthalmologists as selected by The Ophthalmologist. Dr Chang chairs the ForSight Robotics Clinical Advisory Board, and has published more than 160 papers worldwide. He has been in private practice in Los Altos, California, since 1984 and was ranked #3 in Newsweek’s list of the best United States ophthalmologists for both 2022 and 2023.

“This was an exciting milestone for us – debuting a cataract procedure that has not yet been presented in a public conference forum,” says ForSight co-founder, president, and chief medical officer Dr Joseph Nathan. “With the expertise and support of world-renowned cataract surgeons like Dr Chang, we are seeking to transform the future of sight-saving eye surgery.” 

ForSight Robotics’ ORYOM Surgical Robotics Platform is being developed to amplify surgeons’ skills and increase patient access to sight-saving surgery, worldwide. Utilising AI-based algorithms, robotics, and advanced computer vision, the ORYOM Platform has already completed dozens of full robotic cataract procedures (on an animal eye model). ForSight’s technology is backed by leading investors, surgical robotics experts, and prominent ophthalmic surgeons who are guiding the product development alongside the talented team. The Strategic Advisory Board includes Dr Fred Moll (founder of Intuitive Surgical and Auris Health) and Rony Abovitz (founder of Mako Surgical and Magic Leap), and the Clinical Advisory Board includes Dr David Chang, Dr Vance Thompson, Dr Elizabeth Yeu, Professor Boris Malyugin, Dr Sam Garg, and Dr Modi Naftali.

ForSight Robotics is a surgical robotics company pioneering world-class technology to democratise quality surgical eye care. The Israel-based company is developing the ORYOM (“daylight” in Hebrew) Platform, the world’s first robotic surgery platform for cataracts and widespread eye diseases, which will utilise AI-based algorithms, advanced computer vision, and miniaturised mechanisms. ForSight Robotics has been recognised with Fast Company World Changing Ideas AwardLinkedIn Top Israeli Startups, and Fierce MedTech 15 List, among others. Backed by globally recognized VCs and industry leaders, ForSight Robotics is redefining ophthalmic surgery and bringing hope to millions of patients worldwide.

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