New Horizons Forum is particularly unique
because it is a space in the glaucoma world like none other. The meeting brings together
scientists, researchers, academicians, clinical practitioners, investors, dreamers, and people
who can make those dreams come to pass. There’s so much energy at this meeting. The best part about Glaucoma 360 and New Horizons
is the people who are here. These are people who have great ideas, who have the infrastructure
to make things happen, who are passionate about what they do. And getting together with
those people, mostly in the hallways, in between the sessions, is the best part. The big goal is to find a cure for glaucoma.
But to do that, we have to have practical ways of approaching it. And so New Horizons
Forum brings those ideas to the forefront, helps us discuss them, but more importantly,
talks about the challenges in implementing a new idea. So, things as diverse as – how
do you get funding? How do you get something through the FDA? What do you do for payment?
How do you get an idea to be implemented by a practitioner? A great idea doesn’t matter
unless the practitioners are using it. And then finally, how to get the message out to the patients? I would encourage any practitioner to come
just to get excited about what we do. Taking care of glaucoma day in and day out can be
very discouraging. But coming to New Horizons and Glaucoma 360 creates that sense of hope
and excitement about the future.