New Innovations and Experiences at AAO

November 1, 2017

Dear Eye Care Professional:

This is always an exciting time of year for me as I look forward to attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting, where I spend time with customers (old and new) and share with them what’s new at Bausch + Lomb Surgical. This year our investment in innovation has yielded many new technologies, including a revolutionary new approach to vitreous removal with the Vitesse™ hypersonic vitrectomy system. What’s more, I’m particularly proud that these innovations incorporate direct feedback from surgeons, many of whom I’ll be spending time with during the meeting. This is indicative of Bausch + Lomb’s deep commitment to innovating continuously to directly meet customer needs.

The newly enhanced VICTUS® femtosecond laser platform, one of these technologies, features a new 3.3 software package, which includes a new option for capsulotomy and lens fragmentation centration, and the introduction of the grid lens fragmentation pattern to provide surgeons with additional options to optimize their individual phacoemulsification technique. Together, these and several other new features are designed to enhance the VICTUS® user experience, making it more user-friendly than ever before.

The Stellaris Elite™ vision enhancement system continues to expand surgeons’ capabilities with new Adaptive Fluidics™ packs for cataract removal. This next-generation surgical system has recently been released for retinal specialists, providing a cutting edge, dual port illumination system and the first-of-its-kind Vitesse™ handpiece. Vitesse™, which uses patented technology for effective vitreous removal without pneumatic guillotine cutting, is the first major innovation in vitreous removal in 40 years.

While visiting with us at the booth, attendees will also have an opportunity to see the new enVista® MX60E IOL with StableFlex™ technology. Designed with surgeon feedback in mind, this lens is our next-generation of Bausch + Lomb's hydrophobic acrylic lens, which provides improved material properties to enhance optic recovery following delivery while maintaining it’s clear, glistening-free optic.

I invite you and all of our customers to come and “test drive” these and other new technologies during 30-minute interactive wet lab sessions at our booth during the AAO meeting. To schedule an appointment, visit:

Other featured products include additions to the Bausch + Lomb Synergetics retina surgery instrument line, which now offers a compendium of 27-gauge accessories, a new series of Storz® ophthalmic instruments for tight clearance cataract surgery under the microscope with aberrometers. Products from the company’s pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter vitamin supplements portfolios will also be showcased.

We also invite you to check out our Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Virtual Experience, which brings to life the daily challenges faced by patients with moderate to advanced stages of AMD using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology.

Vitreoretinal surgeons are invited to “The Retina Sessions,” an educational event sponsored by Bausch + Lomb, on Friday, Nov. 10 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130). Attendees will join a panel of experts in a lively discussion as they analyze and provide insights to challenging retinal cases, some of which will involve the use of the Stellaris Elite™ and the Vitesse™ hypersonic vitrectomy system. The featured panel of experts will include Kevin J. Blinder, M.D.; Sunir J. Garg, M.D.; Gaurav K. Shah, M.D.; Sunil Srivastava, M.D.; and Asheesh Tewari, M.D. Attendees can register in advance for the event at

On Friday, Nov. 10, meeting attendees are also invited to join an evening of discussion and best practice sharing on IOLs, “Delivering Innovation for Excellent Outcomes and Efficiency”, from 7 – 10 pm, at Tableau Restaurant (616 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA 70116). Our complex case management series, “Mission Possible”, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, which you can join by registering here. Finally, on Sunday, Nov. 12, you can learn more about the Bausch + Lomb VICTUS® femtosecond laser during the “VICTUS® Users Event” from 6-8 p.m. at the Court of Two Sisters, Grand Marquis Room (613 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130). Registrations are required in advance for the Friday, “Excellent Outcomes”, and Saturday evening events, which you can do so by clicking here.

As always, I want to thank you for your support and invite you to reach out to me directly at with any comments, questions or suggestions. If you’re planning to travel to New Orleans, I look forward to the opportunity to spend time with you at the meeting, answer any questions that you may have, and hear your candid feedback, which I’m confident will help us to continue delivering the customer service and technology that you deserve.

Best regards,


Chuck Hess   
Vice President & General Manager
U.S. Surgical, Bausch + Lomb