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Israeli Robotic Cataract Surgery Technology Demonstrated First Time at Boston Ophthalmology Conference

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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’ ORYOMTM 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. Click here to watch the video.

“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 feet away from the eye. The robotic arms were precisely mirroring what my hands were doing.”

David F. Chang 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 fifth 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 third 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.”

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