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FDA-approved laser system treats high myopia with astigmatism


The FDA has granted approval for Advanced Medical Optics’ (AMO) STAR S4 IR excimer laser system for the treatment of high myopia and myopic astigmatism.

With the CustomVue wavefront-guided LASIK procedure, indications include the reduction or elimination of myopia and myopic astigmatism from –6 to –11 D with up to –3 D of cylinder. Clinical studies found that at 6 months, in 98.3% of those who received the CustomVue high-myopia treatment vision was corrected to 20/40 or better and in 84.3% it was corrected to 20/20 or better without spectacles or corrective contact lenses, according to AMO.

CustomVue procedures for high myopia will be released to doctors certified in VISX technology over the next several weeks after they have completed the training and certification process.

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