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Ocular Allergy Drop
The FDA has approved Ista Pharmaceuticals’ Bepreve (bepotastine besilate ophthalmic solution) 1.5 percent as a twice-daily prescription eyedrop treatment for ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis in patients 2 years of age and older.
Katena has released two new diamond knives for microincisional cataract surgery.
The MICS Trapezoidal Diamond Knife is designed for surgeons who prefer to perform phaco through a 2.1-mm incision and then widen the incision to 2.4 mm for insertion of the IOL. The knife features a trapezoidal-shaped diamond blade with four cutting edges, measuring 2.1 mm at the shoulder and 2.4 mm at the base.
The MICS Diamond Knife is also available. It features a 2.2-mm-wide blade with four cutting edges for creating a precise incision through which a surgeon can perform all aspects of MICS.
Portable Imaging Device
Ophthalmic Imaging Systems has announced that the FDA has granted 510(k) market clearance for the OIS EyeScan. The company says the OIS EyeScan is the only portable imaging device that is capable of imaging both the anterior and posterior segments of the eye.
The device offers seven interchangeable imaging modules that enable practices to transition from capturing one type of image to another without moving the patient or the device. The OIS EyeScan captures both live video and 5.3-megapixel digital images from each of the imaging modules.
The company offers custom cases for all of the OIS EyeScan components, thereby enabling the device to be used at multiple locations in a single day.
Ophthalmic Imaging Systems
Bausch & Lomb Storz has announced the release of two surgical instruments.
The Single-Use Endgripping Forceps are intended for vitreoretinal surgery and are available in 23- and 25-gauge options. Designed for safety, consistency and convenience, they feature an ultra-thin endgripping tip for enhanced visibility and grasp.
The Raviv Capsulorhexis Caliper is designed to aid in the construction of a specifically sized capsulorhexis. Used through the main cataract wound or paracentesis, the adjustable marking tips allow the surgeon to mark the capsule boundaries in two axes. The blunt adjustable tips allow for atraumatic indentation of the capsule, and the millimeter adjustment plate offers a caliper tip range of 0 to 8 mm.
Bausch & Lomb Storz Ophthalmics
The third and fourth issues of the 2009 Video Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery are available by subscription for viewing online and in CD and DVD formats.
The third issue features three laser techniques—topographic-guided LASIK, custom iLASIK and VisuMax femtosecond—and new refractive lens technology.
The fourth issue focuses on innovation and includes sections on anterior segment transplantation, a subconjunctival biochip for photometric blood glucose measurement, the manufacturing of an automated IOL-inserter and the effect of refractive surgery on the human visual cortex.
Video Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Glarometer Test Card
Gulden Ophthalmics has released the Glarometer Test Card to help measure and quantify a patient’s pre- and postoperative glare sensitivity. The cards measure 11 inches by 11 inches and include a bright blue/white LED at their center.
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