Latest News on Use of Femtosecond Lasers in Cataract Surgery

March 29, 2011

This past month, Stephen Daily, news editor for Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today , wrote an article recounting the transition of femtosecond laser cataract surgery from testing laboratories to physicians’ offices. Daily expects that the precision of femtosecond lasers in cataract surgery will enhance outcomes in practically all areas of measurement, especially with premium IOLs, which depend on a well-centered capsulotomy. As Daily recounts, in February 2010, when Dr. Stephen G. Slade, the medical director for LenSx (a leading femtosecond laser manufacturer), performed the first laser cataract surgery in the United States on 50 consecutive eyes, all of the patients saw 20/25 or better the first day after surgery, and all of the capsulotomies were perfectly centered and achieved a diametric accuracy of -0.25 mm.

The major players in the laser cataract surgery market are:

  • Alcon, Inc., which purchased LenSx Lasers, Inc.;
  • LensAR, Inc.;
  • OptiMedica Corp.; and
  • Technolas Perfect Vision

The first three companies plan to commercially launch their devices this year. Technolas’ laser, able to perform refractive, intrastromal, and therapeutic procedures, is not yet available in the United States.

With the permission of Stephen and the publishers of CRST, I have reproduced Stephen’s article concerning the commercialization of femtosecond lasers for cataract surgery.

Check out the story at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/femtohistoryupdate

 

 



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