Eurotimes Articles


Published in 2013

In our locality, one of the first operations for trainees to learn is the extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE). Needless to say, all but a few have restless nights before operating, I was no exception. To prepare, I sat diligently next to my laptop, cruising through the Youtube videos of the steps of ECCE, hoping for some passive diffusion of wisdom.

SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions, Germany, has announced an exclusive partnership with ALPHAEON Corporation, US. SCHWIND has granted ALPHAEON the exclusive license to market SCHWIND AMARIS technology in the US. As part of the relationship, ALPHAEON will oversee and finance the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trial required to market the product in the US. ALPHAEON, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Strathspey Crown Holdings LLC, closely cooperates with American eye surgeons to bring highly developed technologies to the US market.

OCULUS has developed a single-use wide angle viewing system. The company launched the OCULUS BIOM ready at the 2013 AAO Congress in New Orleans. “The BIOM ready provides the retinal surgeon the same unparalleled view that they have come to expect from the OCULUS BIOM brand,” said a spokeswoman. “It combines the perfect balance between flexibility and high optical quality, meeting the demands of both the retinal surgeon and the operating room staff. The new BIOM ready is adaptable to most ophthalmic microscopes,” said the spokeswoman.

Oertli launched the CataRhex 3 phaco device at the XXXI Congress of the ESCRS in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. "Weighing as little as 5kg and fitting in any pilot case, CataRhex 3® can be mounted on any IV pole with a click – it is thus the epitome of portable equipment," said a company spokeswoman. "A device that takes up so little space and is so easy to handle is becoming increasingly attractive in both outpatient and high-volume clinics," she said. "Efficiency and safety start with ease of operation.

NIDEK has released the upgraded unit of optical coherence tomography, RS-3000 Advance, with new features including 12 x 9mm wide area scan, tracing HD plus, torsion eye tracer and multi-functional follow-up. “The 12mm wide horizontal scan allows detailed observation of the vitreous body, retina and choroid from the macula to optic disc in a single image,” said a company spokesman. “The tracing HD plus function traces involuntary eye movements to maintain the same scan location on the SLO image for accurate image capture.

DORC has introduced its one-step MVR Cannula System for 23, 25 and 27 Gauge. “The revolutionary new MVR blade will reduce the insertion pressure needed with more than 50 per cent less,” said a company spokeswoman. “By lowering the insertion pressure the wound closure will improve. Furthermore DORC integrated in the MVR Cannula System new translucent closure valves for enhanced visibility when entering instruments,” said the spokeswoman.

Gebauer Medizintechnik has rolled out the Doc Assistant which enables users to experience a hands-free cutting process. “The Gebauer SLc Doc Assistant eliminates the possibility of any complications caused by irregular hand movements that may occur during the cutting process from a downward pressure or rotational pressure on the donated cornea,” said a company spokeswoman. “The Doc Assistant is connected to the Artificial Anterior Chamber (AAC) and serves as a solid base for the Gebauer SLc Handpiece during the pass.

A collapsed economy and an ageing population are putting a lot of pressure on ophthalmologists in Ireland, and patients with eye diseases are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain treatment through the public health system. The Irish health system is caught in a situation where it has ever dwindling funds and a dwindling workforce to deal with an ever-increasing number of patients requiring treatment for an increasing number of indications.

Thinner lamellar endothelial grafts result in better visual outcomes sooner after surgery compared to thick lamellar grafts or penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), according to a study presented at the 2013 Congress of the European Society of Ophthalmology.

A growing understanding of the anatomical and optical changes induced by corneal ablation is leading to treatment refinements that may further improve visual outcomes in refractive ablation procedures and postablation implantation of the intraocular lens (IOL), Douglas D Koch MD told the XXXI Congress of the ESCRS in the Binkhorst Medal Lecture 2013. He acknowledged his co-investigators Li Wang MD, PhD, Mitchell P Weikert MD and Bruna Ventura MD.

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