Alcon Introduces Two New Cataract Surgical Technologies at ASCRS
Alcon launched new phaco and femtosecond laser technology innovations at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2017 annual meeting in Los Angeles.
The new Intrepid Transformer I/A Handpiece and LENSX Laser SoftFit Patient Interface insert options are part of the Alcon Cataract Refractive Suite, advanced technologies that assist in every phase of cataract surgery. The suite, on display during the meeting at Alcon booth #1623, helps eye surgeons better plan for and perform some of the most challenging steps of cataract surgery with automation and precision.
“We proudly join ASCRS in celebrating 50 years of phaco while continuing our heritage as a pioneer in the space with the launch of two innovations – both designed to improve the surgeon’s experience and surgical outcomes for cataract patients,” Nick Ruth, U.S. Marketing Director, Surgical Equipment and Disposables, Alcon, said in a company news release. “The Intrepid Transformer I/A Handpiece and the new LENSX Laser multi-curvature SoftFit Patient Interface options represent another bold step to differentiate our phaco and femtosecond laser capabilities, and to provide comprehensive, advanced cataract surgical solutions.”
Intrepid Transformer I/A Handpiece
The new Intrepid Transformer I/A Handpiece is the next advancement in surgical handpiece technology for use exclusively with the Centurion Vision System. It has been engineered to allow surgeons to easily transition from either coaxial or bimanual removal of the cortex (the shell layer of the eye’s lens where cataracts form) without changing handpieces. This increased flexibility gives surgeons:
- Improved access to the sub-incisional cortex
- Greater maneuverability for working in an unstable anterior chamber (the fluid-filled space inside the eye between the iris and the cornea's innermost surface)
- Better lens positioning in bimanual mode
For more information on Alcon’s advancements in phaco, visit the Cataract Equipment section of www.myalcon.com/surgical.
LENSX Laser SoftFit Patient Interface
The LENSX Laser SoftFit Patient Interface is the latest in a series of innovations in the company’s advanced laser platform technology for refractive cataract surgery. The interface offers a proprietary insert with two recently-approved curvature sizes that allow the cornea to conform to the soft contact lens insert. This results in a gentle secure fit to the eye with minimal corneal distortion or compression, for enhanced patient comfort. The lens is added to the cone during surgery, which allows for:
- Easier docking for surgeons, especially in small and deep-set eyes, to avoid multiple dockings
- Improved surgical performance with a 66 percent reduction in energy to the eye
- A 34 percent reduction in procedure time
For more information on the LENSX Laser, visit www.lensxlasers.com.
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