Vitreous Society Meeting

Saturday, September 29th, 2018  |  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Nicollet D

The Vitreous Society is pleased to announce that we will be holding a meeting and lecture session in conjunction with the ACVO general meeting again this year in Minneapolis, MN.  This session will be held concurrently, but please note that both will be digitally recorded to view post-conference.

Again this year, we will be offering an award for the best presentation, the Samuel J. Vainisi award. We ask that speakers submit an abstract with their lecture so that they can all be published in the general ACVO proceedings. Submissions or questions should me made directly to Dr. Wolfer at

There is a Vitreous Society luncheon scheduled after the talk to mingle, break bread and converse about retinal surgery. This lunch will be limited to 50 course attendees and will be held immediately following the meeting.  It is by reservation ONLY. In order to attend you will need to register and pay for the lunch with your general conference registration fee, there is no additional fee to attend this course however.

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Samuel J. Vainisi Award

The Vitreous Society is pleased to announce the “Samuel J. Vainisi award” again at this years meeting for the best presentation. The winner will be presented with the award by Dr. Vainisi himself, so stick around until the end of lectures! 

Awards Co-Sponsored by:


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9:00 AM - Dr. Robert Devenyi

“The Argus II Bionic Retinal Implant”

The Argus II retinal implant is a novel device that allows the restoration of vision for patients who have lost vision secondary to outer retinal regenerations such as Retinitis Pigmentosa. Dr.  Devenyi will discuss the indications for the device, the device itself, surgical implantation, results, and his experience in Toronto. The lecture will also discuss future developments and studies.

About Dr. Devenyi

Dr. Robert Devenyi graduated summa cum laude from the University of Toronto School of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology training at the University of Toronto and then did further training in vitreoretinal surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

He  is Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto as well as  the Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and Director of Retinal Services at the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute at the University Health Network. He is the Co-Director of the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute 

He is the Karen and William Barnett Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. He is the Retinal Surgery Lead at the Kensington Eye Institute. Dr. Devenyi is the Team Ophthalmologist for the Toronto Maple Hockey Club. 

Dr. Devenyi specializes in all aspects of medical and surgical retinal disease, as well as combined cataract and retinal surgery. He is the first surgeon in the world to have performed combined femtolaser-phacoemulsification cataract surgery together with vitrectomy surgery.  He is the first surgeon in Canada, and the second in North America, to have implanted the Argus II artificial retinal plant into a patient with severe retinitis pigmentosa. 

His research interests include the development of the world's first bioengineered permanent vitreous substitute, the development of a picosecond infrared laser for cataract and vitrectomy surgery and the surgical implantation of “bionic” retinal prosthesis  for patients who are completely blind secondary to genetic and inherited retinal disease.