Combined vitrectomy, phaco system launched

August 27, 2010

A combined vitrectomy and phacoemulsification system (Stellaris Procedural Choice Vision Enhancement System, Bausch + Lomb) has been launched worldwide.

Aliso Viejo, CA-A combined vitrectomy and phacoemulsification system (Stellaris Procedural Choice Vision Enhancement System, Bausch + Lomb) has been launched worldwide.

The system replaces the company's microsurgical system (Millennium).

"When we spoke with the surgeons about the type of device they prefer, they emphasized how important it was to keep this device intuitive for the surgeon," said Russ Finlay, global marketing director, vitreoretinal business, Bausch + Lomb. "As a result, we designed the [system] for simplicity and efficiency, which lets the surgeon keep his or her mind on the patient and not the system set-up."

The system is designed to allow for fast set-up times and to occupy less operating room space. It has a dual light source and allows for surgeon-selected color filters to permit differentiated viewing. Also, according to the company, it accommodates phaco with a 1.8-mm incision and complements the company's 25-gauge system of instruments for retinal surgery, as well as 23-gauge and standard 20-gauge instruments.
 The system's proprietary tubing system is designed to allow for higher vacuum levels without compromising the stability of the chamber and overall safety.