A round-up of the latest ophthalmic products
Variable liquid lenses
These lenses reportedly offer variable astigmatism in all axes in addition to variable focus and tilt, which can all be controlled electrically with no moving parts.
Further information may be found at the website http://www.varioptic.com/
Intraocular suturing set
The Hybrid series is a set of tube-guided instruments designed for intraocular suturing. They facilitate stitching within the anterior chamber via a paracentesis avoiding the need for surgeons to have to use long needles, which can cause discomfort.
Including a micro needle holder, tying forceps and a pair of scissors, the set is completed by a pair of capsulorhexis forceps suitable for 25G incision size, which, the company reports, enables the user to select entry via either the anterior chamber main incision or paracentesis. Additionally, it is stated that the shape of the forceps is optimized to ensure secure grip and control of the capsule.
For more detailed information visit the website http://www.geuder.com/irissuture
The TonoPen Avia features a lightweight, ergonomic design and has LCD screens positioned on either side so that visualization of the IOP measurement is available for both left and right-handed users.
Additionally, the portable tonometer us powered by a longlife lithium battery that is claimed to be capable of making 2500 measurements and the display on the LCD screens shows the amount of battery life remaining. Furthermore, the device uses sanitized tip covers to minimize the risk of patient cross-contamination.
More detailed information can be found at http://www.reichert.com/
The company reports that the new knives are made from the highest quality stainless steel and feature a new 'teardrop' bevel design for superior sharpness. Additionally, they feature a depth indicator, of 2.0 mm, to assist surgeons in generating proper wound architecture. For safety, each blade locks into a protective plastic case.
These knives are available in a variety of sizes for compatibility with microincision cataract procedures.
More information can be found at Accutome's website http://www.accutome.com/