Rayner Intraocular Lenses awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise 2020
Rayner Intraocular Lenses design and manufacture intraocular lenses: small artificial lenses that replace removed cataracts (a hardened natural lens). Incision size matters in cataract surgery because a large incision is at greater risk of infection and also large incisions often change the sphericity or curvature of the eye. The company's innovative RayOne injector was designed to have the smallest nozzle diameter on the market at 1.65mm and therefore requires a small incision. In addition, the company has developed a method of 'fully preloading' the injector with the lens so that the nurse or surgeon does not have to touch the lens at all. This patent protected product and method is unique and delivers significant benefits to surgeons by reducing surgery time and patients through improved outcomes. The product has been very successful and now delivers almost half of the company's total turnover.