Introduction and Faculty

The ORA SYSTEM® (Alcon Laboratories, Inc.) uses intraoperative wavefront aberrometry that provides real-time data during cataract surgery which helps enable surgeons achieve improved outcomes.1 This tool allows surgeons to gather aphakic refractive measurements to help determine the correct IOL sphere power for monofocal and multifocal IOLs, as well as cylinder power for toric IOLs. It also obtains pseudophakic measurements to aid the surgeon in proper alignment of toric IOL axes. With the ORA SYSTEM, surgeons can see real-time axis alignment, and they are able to adjust IOL positioning during the surgery and confirm its correct placement within the eye, evolving cataract surgery into a dynamic surgical process.

In the spring of 2017, Alcon Laboratories, Inc., conducted a survey of ORA SYSTEM users to evaluate how use of the ORA SYSTEM impacts surgeons’ rates of refractive surprises and enhancements, as well as its potential impact to a practice and value for cataract surgeons. In this supplement, key opinion leaders review the survey results and relate their experiences using the ORA SYSTEM and its effect on their practice and patient expectations.

I thank the faculty members for their participation and Alcon Laboratories, Inc., for sponsoring this Ocular Surgery News spotlight supplement. For more information on this topic, visit

Richard L. Lindstrom, MD
Chief Medical Editor
Ocular Surgery News

  1. Woodcock, MG, Lehmann R, Cionni RJ, Breen M, Scott MC. Intraoperative aberrometry versus standard preoperative biometry and a toric IOL calculator for bilateral toric IOL implantation with a femtosecond laser: one-month results. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016;42(6):817-825.



James A. Davison, MD, FACS, is senior surgeon at the Wolfe Eye Clinic in Marshalltown and West Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Davison is a paid consultant for Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

Kevin J. Everett, MD, is the medical director at Henry Ford OptimEyes Lakeside in Sterling Heights, Michigan, clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, and the official team ophthalmologist for the Detroit Lions. Dr. Everett is a paid consultant for Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

Neel R. Desai, MD, is an ophthalmologist at The Eye Institute of West Florida in Tampa Bay. Dr. Desai is a paid consultant for Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS, is a specialist in cataract and corneal surgery at Harvard Eye Associates in Laguna Hills, California, a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles Jules Stein Eye Institute, and cataract surgery section editor of Ocular Surgery News. Dr. Hovanesian is a paid consultant for Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

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