The femtosecond pulses offer real, precise subsurface effects, with the least amount of energy required.
Khon Kaen, Thailand—A study of a new approach to preparation and storage of posterior lamellar corneal grafts for transplantation has demonstrated that centralized harvest, cold storage, and shipment by airmail result in viable grafts 2 days later, according to Olan Suwan-apichon, MD, assistant professor, department of ophthalmology, faculty of medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
Implant extrusion following evisceration is a known complication, observed ever since the procedure was first performed more than 100 years ago.
Heat generation was assessed with a temperature-sensitive film that changes color from brown to yellow when the temperature rises above 53? C.
Des Plaines, IL—Sales of corneal implants (Intacs, Addition Technology Inc.) for the treatment of keratoconus and myopia increased 75% in the first quarter of 2006 compared with the same quarter in 2005, according to the manufacturer. Compared with Q4 2005, corneal implants sales increased 12%.
STAAR Surgical Co. received CE mark approval for its KS-3Ai preloaded IOL injection system with an aspheric optic design. The company will now be allowed to market this IOL for use in cataract surgery in 21 countries. STAAR will begin shipments to distributors this month.
Compulsive graft management, questions, appropriate differential
diagnosis are key, surgeon says
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added the AcrySof IQ IOL (Alcon Laboratories) to the New Technology Intraocular Lens (NTIOL) classification of Reduced Spherical Aberration. Effective May 19, ambulatory surgery centers using the AcrySof IQ IOL for cataract surgery will receive an additional $50 from Medicare. The IOL gained inclusion by proving the same or greater clinical benefit as the lens that established the NTIOL subset. The NTIOL subset and adjusted payment will remain in effect until Feb. 27, 2011.
San Francisco—The crystalens accommodating IOL (eyeonics)
improved visual outcomes "dramatically" in a study of patients with
high myopia or high hyperopia. The IOL achieved similar near visual
acuity levels in both patient groups, reported Harvey Carter, MD,
at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and