Exploring New Technologies
JASON S. SLAKTER, MD
This special issue of Retinal Physician is dedicated to recent advancements in instrumentation and technology for vitreoretinal surgery. In particular, it focuses on the CONSTELLATION® Vision System (Alcon Laboratories, Fort Worth, TX). Alcon provided an unrestricted educational grant to support the publication of this special issue, and as you will see, many of the articles contained herein are almost exclusively related to this new surgical technology, detailing its design features and its potential advantages over existing technology, as well as early clinical experience by many internationally known clinician scientists who were instrumental in its development.
RECOGNIZING NEW TECHNOLOGY
As publishers and editors, the Retinal Physician staff is often faced with the challenge of how to best present a particular commercial product such as the CONSTELLATION® Vision System. While we do not endorse a particular device, drug or procedure, we recognize our obligation to provide a forum for the description and discussion of new technology as it becomes available to the retinal community. We believe that this special issue balances that fine line between commercial promotion and scientific education.
In addition to acknowledging Alcon's support for this special issue, we have made every effort to clearly indicate financial relationships between the authors of the articles and Alcon Laboratories, maker of the CONSTELLATION® system and other products described herein.
THE BOTTOM LINE: OUTCOMES
Keeping this commercial support in mind, I do believe that you will find the articles in this special issue of Retinal Physician to be of great interest. They should provide an insight into the development, features, and potential utility of this new instrument in our ongoing attempt to improve the quality of outcomes from vitreoretinal surgery.