IRIDEX Announces Shipment of New IQ 577(TM) Laser Systems

May 4, 2009

IRIDEX Corporation, recently announced the commencement of shipments to customers of the IQ 577 laser systems. The IQ 577 is a high-power, true yellow (577 nm wavelength) laser system for use by ophthalmologists to treat sight-threatening eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Acccording to IRIDEX’s press release:

The IQ 577 offers tangible benefits to both patient and physician. Patients benefit from less discomfort. The higher inherent absorption in blood, together with the lower scattering of the 577 nm yellow laser wavelength, compared with 532 nm green laser systems, helps to reduce the therapeutic power requirements and resultant patient discomfort. Physicians benefit from efficiencies due to its easy to understand user interface, wireless foot pedal control with power adjust capability, and audible confirmation of adjustments.

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2 Responses to “IRIDEX Announces Shipment of New IQ 577(TM) Laser Systems”

  • ari

    there is no need to seek out a doctor using this laser. we typically wait for most of the blood to clear in a vein occlusion anyway, so the small advantage of the yellow wavelength is almost nil. also, we are moving increasingly to injections rather than laser. just go to any retina specialist, and he can take care of it.

    by the way, since it’s been two years, no treatment whatsoever is likely to be of any benefit to the vision, and therefore you ought to get a second opinion for any treatment, for i am very skeptical that any ethical doctor will treat this. the only reason for treatment at this stage is for a complication called neovascularization, where new blood vessels are forming which can bleed and cause glaucoma. and in that case, the vision would still not improve- it would simply help make those blood vessels go away so they dont bleed in the future. again– a second opinion (from a doctor who is told he will not be performing any treatment) is critical here.

  • Barbara

    I am wondering if you can tell me what doctors in California are using the IQ577. My mother has had branch vein occlusion for 2 years and is looking for an alternate doctor who specializes with this treatment. thank you.