Cataract Surgery Instruments
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Cataract Surgery Instruments
Katena has introduced a line of extra-delicate instruments to its Alio Micro Incision Cataract Surgery instruments.
Designed by Jorge Alio, MD, the instruments allow the surgeon to prechop and extract the nucleus through incision sizes smaller than 1.5 millimeters.
The line of instruments includes a trapezoidal diamond keratome, 23-gauge extra-fine capsulorrhexis forceps, 23-gauge scissors, a dual-edge prechopper, and two irrigating chopper and manipulator designs.
Katena Products Inc.
800-225-1195 or 973-989-1600
A new transnasal lacrimal stent is now available from FCI Ophthalmics.
Because the stent is positioned through the nose instead of through the canaliculus, its diameter can be larger than that of traditional lacrimal stents. According to FCI Ophthalmics, the larger stent creates a larger opening and consequently increases the success rate of balloon catheter and endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy. Additionally, because the transnasal lacrimal stent requires no external incision, it leaves no cutaneous scars and reduces recovery time.
800-932-4202 or 781-826-9060
Iridex has added the BriteLight Illuminating and Active Aspirating Iris Medical EndoProbe hand pieces to its line of disposable endophotocoagulation probes. The 45-degree angled BriteLight Illuminating hand piece provides white light illumination with laser delivery, and the Active Aspirating probes, available in straight and angled models, combine aspiration with laser delivery and eliminate the need for an extrusion needle. The EndoProbe hand pieces are compatible with any laser system that accepts a universal SMA connector. Iridex Corp.
800-388-4747 or 650-962-8100www.iridex.com
Eyeonics Inc. announced that the FDA approved its Crystalens, an accommodating IOL designed to allow cataract patients to focus automatically at all distances. According to the company, the Crystalens distinguishes itself from standard IOLs by restoring focusing ability at both near and far distances, not just distance vision, and effectively eliminates, in most cases, the need for glasses and contacts for everyday tasks. The lens works by moving in a backward and forward motion along the axis of the eye in response to pressure changes in the vitreous cavity and anterior chamber of the eye that result from the relaxation and contraction of the ciliary muscle.
800-393-6642 or 949-916-9352
The FDA approved the Nidek US-1800 Pachymeter & A-Scan Ultrasound combination unit for commercial sales and marketing in the United States. The system combines pachymeter and ultrasound functionalities in one portable unit, and features IOL power calculation software and a touch screen panel. The US-1800 can be combined with the US-2500 for an A/B scan combination unit.
800-223-9044 or 510-226-5700
Low Vision Aid
At six inches wide, one inch thick, and weighing 10 ounces, Pico, the new handheld videomagnifier from Telesensory, is designed to be a compact and convenient tool for low vision patients. The system features five-times magnification on a four-inch color display. Users can view information in either the full-color mode or the negative mode with white letters on black background. The display is adjustable according to the needs of the user. Pico is powered by an integrated rechargeable battery.
800-804-8004 or 408-616-8770
Iridex has launched a Laser Reimbursement Support Program in the United States. Membership in the program is open to all U.S. ophthalmologists who own or use photocoagulator or photodisruptor products. Enrollment is free of charge. In addition to receiving periodic tips on how to code for commonly performed laser procedures, members are invited to submit questions by e-mail. Doctors can register at www.iridex.com/ophthalmology/enrollrsp.html.
800-388-9087 or 650-962-8100
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