About this briefing

About this briefing

Medtech innovation briefings summarise the published evidence and information available for individual medical technologies. The briefings provide information to aid local decision‑making by clinicians, managers and procurement professionals.

Medtech innovation briefings aim to present information and critically review the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant evidence, but contain no recommendations and are not formal NICE guidance.

Development of this briefing

This briefing was developed for NICE by King's Technology Evaluation Centre, KiTEC. The interim process & methods statement sets out the process NICE uses to select topics, and how the briefings are developed, quality‑assured and approved for publication.

Project team

King's Technology Evaluation Centre, KiTEC

Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Anastasia Chalkidou, Senior Health Technology Assessor, KiTEC

  • Kate Goddard, Health Technology Assessor, KiTEC

  • Lamprini Kaftantzi, Health Technology Assessor, KiTEC

  • Stephen Keevil, Director, KiTEC

  • Cornelius Lewis, Director, KiTEC

  • Viktoria McMillan, Centre Manager, KiTEC

Specialist commentators

The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:

  • Alison Alderson, Staff Optometrist, Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science

  • Jennifer Forbes, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Free London NHSFT

  • Neil Retallic, Optometry Teaching Fellow, University of Manchester and Optometry Development Manager (Vision Express)

  • Philip Packer, GP, Hannage Brook Medical Centre, Wirksworth

Declarations of interest

No relevant interests declared.


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