Bausch + Lomb Retina News, Events

Dear Eye Care Professional:

At this time last year, Bausch + Lomb began the journey toward a new era in retina with the initiation of a post-approval clinical study using the Vitesse™ vitrectomy system, the first and only hypersonic, 100% open-port vitrectomy system. That journey continues today with new studies expanding upon that research, as well as the introduction of another breakthrough technology, all of which will be highlighted at the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

Among the innovations showcased at our booth (#201), we’ll proudly feature the 25- and 27-gauge Bi-Blade® bi-directional vitrectomy cutters. Launched just a few months ago, this first-of-its-kind accessory used with the Stellaris Elite™ vision enhancement system offers an effective cut rate of 15,000 cuts per minute (cpm), resulting in increased flow efficiency and control compared to prior generation guillotine cutters. The Bi-Blade® design also allows for more consistent flow rate and reduced retinal traction. In addition to the Bi-Blade® cutters, we now have a complete 27-gauge offering on Stellaris® and Stellaris Elite™ vision enhancement system, as well as High Flow VFI cannulas to assist in the injection and removal of our 5000wt Adato® silicone oil.

We continue to gather excellent experience with Vitesse™, treating a range of issues from floaters to large retinal tears. In a recent laboratory study presented at ARVO, hypersonic vitrectomy showed linear vitreous removal as stroke rate and vacuum are increased, and investigators concluded that the 100% duty cycle may help improve the efficiency of current vitrectomy techniques involving pneumatic guillotine cutters.1

At the ASRS meeting this week, several other investigators will also present the results of their surgical experience using the Vitesse™ through podium and poster presentations:

Sunday, July 22 at 11:29 a.m.
Utility of Hypersonic Vitrector Settings During Vitreoretinal Surgery.”
Sunir Garg, M.D.

Sunday, July 22 at 2:25 p.m.
Initial Experience with a Novel Hypersonic Vitrectomy Device for Vitreoretinal Surgery.”
Kevin Blinder, M.D.

Poster Available Friday, July 20-Wednesday, July 25
Hypersonic Vitrectomy Handpiece Utility for the Surgical Management of Various Vitreoretinal Pathologies.”
Ash Tewari, M.D.

We invite you to learn more about our Stellaris Elite™ system, our expansive offering of Synergetics® instruments and laser probes, which will be available for demonstration in the Bausch + Lomb exhibit. Click here to register for our Test Drive Bausch + Lomb in-booth wet lab experience, where you can try these innovative accessories and explore the future of your retina practice.

In the meantime, I welcome you to send any questions, comments or ideas to me at

See you in Vancouver!

Best regards,


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



  1. Kolesnitchenko, Valeri; Bergmann, Nicole; McCary, Brian; Pilon, Andrew. “Comparison of Relative and Threshold Flow Rates for Vitreous Removal Between Two Vitrectomy Removal Techniques: Guillotine-Based Cleavage versus Open-Port, Hypersonic Liquification.” [The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI, on Thursday, May 3, 8:15-10:00 a.m., Abstract Number: 5934 - C0331].