• Silent Auction 

    Orbital Gala guests and U.S. Academy members helped the event raise more than $190,000 by bidding on ophthalmic equipment, travel experiences, designer fashion accessories, fine wine and more.  Here is a sampling of the incredible items that were available. Check back for updates on our 2017 auction.

    Optos® California Retinal Imaging Device

    Optos introduces its latest ultra-widefield (UWF™) imaging device, California, which is specifically designed for vitreo-retinal specialists and ophthalmologists. The device includes a new UWF Optomap® imaging modality that enables comparison between composite color images and red-free, autofluorescence and fluorescein angiography.

    Additional benefits include: 200 degrees (or up to 82%) of the retina captured in a single image; non-mydriatic high-resolution imaging through many cataracts and/or 2mm pupils; simple integration and easy access to your data from any connected PC or tablet; and interweaved angiography for parallel capture of images without manually switching between imaging modalities.

    Includes one-year warranty, shipping and installation.

    PLEASE NOTE: System can only be delivered and installed in the U.S. Cannot be shipped outside the U.S.

    Valued at $110,000 (minimum bid: $45,000)

    Donated by Optos (Booth 3355)

    Lumenis Selecta® II SLT Laser System

    Q-Switched Frequency-Doubled 532 nm ND:Yag

    The Selecta II SLT laser offers a convenient, portable option for highly-effective, clinically proven glaucoma treatment. The Lumenis SLT is a proven method to reduce IOP without adverse systemic side effects. The procedure has a success rate of over 80 percent for reducing IOP, and has been clinically proven as first line therapy for open angle glaucoma. This SLT system uses optimized wavelength and energy to consistently lower intraocular pressure with minimal adverse effects.

    This reconditioned system comes with one-year warranty and includes shipping and installation.

    PLEASE NOTE: System can only be delivered and installed in the U.S. Cannot be shipped outside the U.S.

    Valued at $40,000 (minimum bid: $20,000)

    Donated by Lumenis (Booth 3438)

    Jessup Cellars Wines

    A variety of wines from Napa Valley's Jessup Cellars will be available in the following groupings:

    • 2014 Chardonnay (two bottles) with a palate of fresh cream, citrus and buttered popcorn 
    • 2012 "Table for Four" (five bottles), a supple red with lovely aromatics of bramble fruits and spiced cedar
    • 2011 "Juel" (five bottles), an intriguing, complex red with a long, pleasing finish 

    Donated by Jim Mazzo

    Pellevé® S5 RF Wrinkle Reduction System

    Pellevé is a non-invasive, radio-frequency (RF) device used to treat mild to moderate facial wrinkles by heating the deep layers of the skin and stimulating the production of new collagen. Unlike other RF skin-tightening systems, the generator is a full surgical unit, with hundreds of electrodes to meet your needs. With its enhanced design and new LCD display screen, the Pellevé system provides excellent results beginning with the first treatment.

    The system includes a Pellevé S5 generator and cart, plus the following accessories:
    • Disposable neutral pads (25)
    • Treatment gel (8 oz.)
    • GlideSafe® handpieces (4 boxes w/ 3 handpieces each)
    • Handheld infrared thermometer (1)

    Includes a one-year warranty for the S5 generator, shipping, device install and setup, clinical training, and a marketing kit.

    PLEASE NOTE: System can only be delivered and installed in the U.S. Cannot be shipped outside the U.S.

    Valued at $55,000 (minimum bid: $22,000)

    Donated by Ellman, A Cynosure Company (Booth 3522)

    Nextech IntelleChartPRO EMR Subscription


    A two-year subscription to IntelleChartPRO, the revolutionary EMR setting the standard for efficiency and accuracy in ophthalmology charting. Package includes one general ophthalmologist license, monthly e-Rx subscription through Dr. First, monthly third-party PM interface, Efax service, training and more!

    Valued at $30,345 (minimum bid: $12,000)

    Donated by Nextech (Booth 107)

    Teeling Vintage Reserve 24 Single Malt Irish Whiskey

    Share a bottle of this 24-year-old single malt from Ireland. It is accompanied by a set of six tasting glasses.  

    Alcohol strength is 53.3% distilled and laid down in  Cask 8474. There are only 150 bottles from this cask.

    Donated by Tony McClellan

    Unique Book of Opinions

    Enjoy all 146 of Dick Mills’ EyeNet columns, plus special tributes from his colleagues, in a hardcover 188-page volume that is erudite, witty, and one of a kind—much like the honoree of this year’s Orbital Gala.

    Only one copy is available! This unique item was originally created as a personal thank-you to Dr. Mills for his service to EyeNet and the Academy.

    Donated by EyeNet Magazine

    Integrity EMR for Eyes Subscription


    The one-year subscription for a U.S. physician includes: all upfront implementation fees, training, set-up, interface to current practice management system, and integration of compatible diagnostic testing equipment.

    Valued at $15,400 (minimum bid: $6,000)

    Donated by Integrity Digital Solutions (Booth 3570)

    HEINE SIGMA® 250 Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope

    Accurate diagnosis made easy!

    This light-weight, spectacle-mounted indirect ophthalmoscope includes LED HQ illumination, lithium-ion battery pack and charging transformer.

    • Integrated red-free filter and two apeture sizes
    • S-FRAME lightweight spectacle frame with multiple adjustment points
    • Exceptional comfort for fatigue-free use, even over extended periods
    • Battery pack provides 23 hours of continuous power

    Valued at $2,191 (minimum bid: $875)

    Donated by HEINE USA Ltd. (Booth 3817)

    Sonogage e-pach Pachometer 

    The Sonogage, Inc. e-pach™ is a miniaturized state-of-the-art ultrasonic pachometer using very high frequency (>50 MHz) transducer technology to provide accurate, reproducible corneal thickness measurements.

    The e-pach has both cornea and LASIK modes and can be work on the wrist or be laser-mounted.

    Valued at $3,500 (minimum bid: $1,400)

    Donated by Sonogage, Inc. (Booth 2113)

    World-Class Golf for Four 

    A golf-lover's dream! Hit the links at Nebraska's Sand Hills Golf Club, rated Ninth Best Golf Course in the United States and 13th Best in the World by Golf Magazine. Located in the city of Mullen in north central Nebraska, this private club immerses the golfer in nature like few courses in the world.

    Package includes a one-night stay for four guests (two rooms), green fees and cart fees. Valid for June - September 2017.

    Donated by Peter J. Whitted, MD, JD

    Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

    Enjoy a luxurious two-night stay for two at this AAA Four-Diamond landmark, recognized for exceptional service and amenities on Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 15 Hotels in Chicago and Travel & Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels List. 

    Minutes away from the Art Institute, Field Museum, Magnificent Mile, theaters and nightlife.

    Donated by the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

    Reichert Tono-Pen AVIA® Handheld Tonometer

    The Tono-Pen AVIA® is an easy-to-use, handheld tonometer providing IOP measurements that correlate strongly with Goldmann tonometry.

    The Tono-Pen AVIA® is calibration-free, and its award-winning ergonomic design, long-life battery and statistical confidence indicator make it the most advanced Tono-Pen yet. Supported by hundreds of publications, this device provides fast, accurate, and reliable IOP measurements that are less sensitive to corneal centration, can be taken in any position, and require minimal training.

    Valued at $3,990 (minimum bid: $1,500)

    Donated by Reichert Technologies (Booth 1020)

    Elephant Tracking Collar

    The Elephants Alive Tracking Program, in collaboration with Save the Elephants, creates awareness of the largest concentration of African tusked elephants when populations are being decimated. Tracking collars provide insight into elephants’ movements to improve their protection. 

    By purchasing a collar, you get to name an elephant and receive regular reports on his/her movements. Collar purchase includes:

    • New collar
    • Helicopter fees
    • Veterinary fees
    • Drug/dart fees
    • Collar service fees (for 24 months)

    Donated by Tony McClellan

    Gulden Ophthalmics Prism and Occluder Basket

    This basket of bestsellers includes:1 EZ View Horizontal Prism Bar, 1 EZ View Vertical Prism Bar, 1 S-22 Magnetic Prism Set, 1 Maddox Occluder, 1 Black Occluder, 1 Combo Occluder, 1 White Occluder, 1 Spielmann Occluder, 1 Multi-Pinhole Occluder, 1 Cataract Eye Model, 5 Wormington Pocket Acuity Cards, 5 Ophthalmic Drug Reference Cards, and 10 Stylus Pens.

    Valued at $650 (minimum bid: $200)

    Donated by Gulden Ophthalmics (Booth 3259)

    Cincinnati Bengals 47-Yard Line Tickets

    Two tickets for the Dec. 4 Bengals vs. Philadelphia Eagles game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Seats are home side, lower deck (Section 110, Row 28).

    Includes parking across the street from the stadium.

    Donated by William J. Faulkner, MD 

    Ecuadorian Rainforest Adventure

    Enjoy a two-night stay for two at the incredible Mashpi Lodge, tucked within the 3,200-acre Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve in Ecuador. This 22-room, glass-walled resort offers a strikingly modern base from which to view monkeys, ocelots, pumas and exotic birds. Explore the rainforest and its waterfalls, lush plants and hundreds of orchid species.

    Includes all meals, transfers in/out and guided daily excursions. Does not include airfare.

    Donated by Metropolitan Touring

    AAO 2017 Stay at the Windsor Court Hotel

    For the next annual meeting in November, enjoy five nights at the Windsor Court Hotel, the only four-star/four-diamond hotel in New Orleans.

    Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have consistently named the Windsor Court among the top hotels in the world.

    Donated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology

    Paradise Found: A Week on Nevis

    Enjoy seven days of gorgeous views and island charm in a two-bedroom, two-bath private cottage in the exotic British West Indies.

    You'll have access to a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and beautiful gardens at the nearby Golden Rock Estate, set 1,000 feet above sea level by the edge of the rain forest.

    Donated by Patricia Bonsall

    Mitosol® Kits for Ophthalmic Use (6 Kits)

    Mitosol 0.2 mg/vial (mitomycin for solution) is the only FDA approved ophthalmic formulation of Mitomycin-C.

    Mitosol allows room temperature storage without light shielding, with a shelf life of up to 24 months. Separate pass-through reimbursement, assured sterility, potency and dosing along with closed fluid transfer reinvents mitomycin for ophthalmology.

    Mitosol is a system for delivering antifibrotic agents in glaucoma, refractive, and corneal surgery.The glaucoma indication is in active commercialization; the pterygium and refractive indications are awaiting approval by the FDA.

    Valued at $2,154 (minimum bid: $850)

    Donated by Mobius Therapeutics, LLC

    San Diego Chargers 50-Yard Line Tickets

    Two premium tickets to the Dec. 4 Chargers home game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

    Donated by Max Vision

    Breckenridge Ski Getaway

    Grab your gear, head to Colorado and settle into this three-bedroom, three-bath log home – just a 5- to 10-minute drive from fantastic skiing on the Breckenridge slopes. Your stay includes use of a gourmet kitchen, deck, hot tub and six-bed bunk room.

    This 3,000-square foot house is very private and sits at a 10,500-foot elevation overlooking the Ten Mile mountain range. Great hiking trails are just 100 yards away. You can also hit the slopes at Keystone (20-minute drive), Copper Mountain (30-minute drive) and Vail (45-minute drive).

    Donated by Ron and Wendy Pelton

    Lake Michigan Sailboat Cruise

    Join fellow ophthalmologist Chris Albanis, MD, and her husband, Chicago Yacht Club Commodore Greg Miarecki, for a 3-hour trip aboard "Providence” (a 35-foot Ericson). While taking in the Chicago skyline, your party (up to 4 people) will enjoy refreshments, sailing instruction, and a turn at the helm. After the cruise, we’ll return to shore for more refreshments.

    “Providence” is a 4-time section winner of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, and overall winner of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 races.

    Donated by Chris Albanis, MD, and Greg Miarecki

    DigiSight Paxos Scope Mobile Imaging System

    The Paxos Scope is the first-and-only combined anterior segment and retina mobile imaging system available for smartphones.

    It features a lightweight and portable design for ophthalmic imaging anytime and anywhere, with a universal mounting and alignment mechanism that works with a range of devices.

    A comprehensive and connected software solution enables HIPAA-compliant image capture and storage, as well as image sharing for collaboration with colleagues (iOS only). 

    Includes a one-year software subscription.

    Valued at $520 (minimum bid: $200)

    Donated by DigiSight Technologies (Booth 1946)

    Hand-Stitched Kantha Blanket

    Kantha, a traditional two-sided blanket made from repurposed sari cloth, has been a quiet form of self-expression for women in Bangladesh for centuries. This large blanket (approx. 6.5' x 6.5') is perfect for picnics or a cozy night watching TV. 

    Machine washable

    Donated by Ruth D. Williams, MD, and Stephen C. Gieser, MD, MPH

    Anna Coroneo "Kisses" Scarf

      • 100% silk
      • Approximately 47” x 47”
      • Made in Italy

    Artist and designer Anna Coroneo’s work is collected internationally, and she has been commissioned by both private collectors and corporate clients. Anna has hosted events during New York Fashion week since 2009, and her unique prints are featured in exclusive stores worldwide, including Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

    Donated by Minas Coroneo, MD, and Anna Coroneo

    2005 Oakville Estate Napa Valley Cabernet

    Enjoy a half case (6 bottles) of this "big and bold" Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Rated 94 points by Robert Parker

    Donated by Dr. Richard and Jaci Lindstrom