1910-1999

History in the Making

Rayner is Founded (1910)

In 1910, JB Reiner and CD Keeler founded the Rayner Company in London, England. One of the early customers for his first spectacles was a four-year old boy named Harold Ridley.

This association with Rayner continued into Mr. Ridley's professional career. Ridley worked with Rayner's optical scientist John Pike on the first televised eye operations (black and white in 1948 and colour in 1950) and a system for examining the inner eye using electronic rather than optical methods (1949).

Harold Ridley and the Birth of the IOL (1949)

Ridley, together with John Pike of Rayner and John Holt of ICI, designed the first IOL. Rayner manufactured this first lens at its instrument workshop in Brighton, East Sussex. The first IOL operation was performed on a 45 year old woman at St Thomas's Hospital in London on 29 November, 1949.

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Ridley Presents IOL to Oxford Congress (1951)

Ridley presented his first paper on IOLs at the Oxford Congress in England on 9 July. The reaction from his professional colleagues was hostile. Ridley's results were also met with disdain and scepticism at a meeting of the AAO in Chicago on 12 October 1952.

Choyce MkI (1956)

Rayner introduced the Choyce MkI, Peter Choyce's modification of Strampelli's anterior chamber lens design.

Surgeons Approach Rayner With Suggestions for Lens Designs (1952-58)

Rayner began work with Strampelli, Epstein, Joaquin Barraquer and Dannheim on their designs for posterior and anterior chamber lenses.

Binkhorst Four-Loop Design (1962)

Work began with Binkhorst on his four-loop iris fixation design. Fyodorov's modification of Binkhorst's lens was also introduced during this decade. In 1965, Binkhorst's two-loop design demonstrated the advantages of iridocapsular fixation following planned extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE).

The Intraocular Implant Club is Formed (1966)

The pioneering surgeons formed the Intraocular Implant Club (IIC) with Ridley as their first President and John Pike of Rayner as a founder member. In 1975 this became the International Intraocular Implant Club (IIIC) as the work of the pioneers became recognised worldwide.

L-R Back: John Pike of Rayner (UK), Murto (USA), Michael Roper-Hall (UK), Svyatoslav Fyodorov (USSR), Neil Dallas (UK), C.A. Brown, Rubenstein, Warren Reese (USA),Leonard Lurie (UK).

L-R Front: Jørn Boberg-Ans (Denmark), Cornelius Binkhorst (Holland), Peter Choyce (UK), Harold Ridley (UK), Benedetto Strampelli (Italy), Dr Edward Epstein (South Africa), MMe Boberg-Ans (Denmark).

Modern Posterior Chamber IOLs (1975)

The first, modern, posterior chamber lens design was developed with John L. Pearce. A joint venture and technology transfer agreement was made between Rayner and Coburn, USA permitting the Americans to manufacture IOLs.

First FDA Approved Lenses (1979-1981)

The Choyce MkVIII and MkIX anterior chamber designs became the first lenses to be approved by the FDA as safe and effective. Around this time, Rayner engraved the dioptric power of lenses onto the optic surface.

Rayner continued to develop products for the European market 1981-2007...

C-flex Spherical Monofocal in the USA (2007)

C-flex was the first IOL from a non-American IOL manufacturer in over two decades to gain FDA approval (May 2007).

Rayner Introduces RaySert Small Incision IOL Injector System

Designed for use with the Rayner's C-flex range of IOLs (570C and 970C), RaySert assures ease of use with controlled delivery through a convenient single-handed injection system. With RaySert surgeons can perform cataract surgery using wound assisted technique through a small surgical incision, enhancing patient comfort and recovery.

RaySert was launched on April 11 2010 at the ASCRS Symposium on Cataract, IOL, and Refractive Surgery in Boston.

C-flex Aspheric 970C in the USA (2011)

Rayner's C-flex Aspheric 970C with aberration neutral optic technology gains FDA approval and is now available in the US market, in addition to Rayner's spherical monofocal IOL the 570C (see 2007).

RaySert PLUS in the USA (2014)

Rayner's RaySert PLUS mini incision injector was launched into the US market at the 2014 AAO in Chicago following its clearance for sale by the FDA.

RaySert® PLUS allows US surgeons to deliver the C-flex® Aspheric IOL (970C) through a 2.2mm clear corneal wound assisted incision.

Rayner Strengthens Commitment to US Market With Subsidiary Rayner Surgical Inc (2017)

Rayner announced its investment into the US market with the establishment of a dedicated subsidiary, ‘Rayner Surgical Inc.’ Based out of New York, Rayner Surgical Inc. will provide US specific marketing, regulatory, commercial and research functions to Rayner. From its offices at 100 Park Avenue NYC, Rayner Surgical Inc. will actively promote and support the growth and development of Rayner’s business in the US.

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