JAN 29, 2015
The University of Colorado and Mile High Ophthalmics have signed a licensing agreement to bring to market an inexpensive device for creating a safer, more precise capsulorhexis. It’s expected to launch in February.
Malik Kahook, MD, led the research group that designed the device to improve surgeons’ ability to create a perfectly round and centered capsulorhexis. Called Verus, the ring-shaped device is micro-patterned to help it adhere to the capsule and remain in place during cataract surgery.
“There have been many attempts over the past few decades to make the opening of the anterior capsule safer and more reproducible by cataract surgeons of all skill sets and training levels,” Dr. Kahook said. “Past devices have included very expensive lasers or devices that failed to provide the needed outcomes. The Verus device is cost effective and can be seamlessly incorporated into standard cataract surgery without adding extensive time or a long learning curve. The resulting opening of the capsule when using the Verus device is round and centered as desired by the surgeon, and promises to enhance outcomes and improve safety.”
Mile High Ophthalmics has posted 4 videos on its Verus device:
https://vimeo.com/121566231 - Animation of a capsulorhexis performed with the Verus device
https://vimeo.com/118365955 - Device overview
https://vimeo.com/118365956 - Dr. Robert Cionni presents his first case using the device
https://vimeo.com/119702158 - Dr. Michael Taravella demonstrates tips to ensure the device remains fixed to the capsule