Femtosecond laser receives FDA clearance

July 1, 2008

Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) has received FDA clearance for a fifth-generation femtosecond laser (iFS).

Santa Ana, CA-Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) has received FDA clearance for a fifth-generation femtosecond laser (iFS).

Capable of creating a corneal flap during the LASIK procedure in less than 10 seconds, according to the company, the laser has an inverted bevel-in, side-cut angle designed to ease the flap-lifting process, increase postoperative flap adhesion, and enhance the biomechanical stability of the cornea postoperatively. When customized, it also is capable of producing an elliptical flap.

Additional features of the laser, according to the company, include a higher repetition rate; tighter spot separation; lower energy; high-resolution digital video microscope; contemporary user interface, keyboard, and touch screen; and a design meant to be ergonomic.

Perry S. Binder, MD, of the Gordon Binder Weiss Vision Institute, San Diego, said, "The new . . . laser provides the surgeon with the ability to select LASIK flap dimensions customizable to individual refractive errors and corneal anatomy." Dr. Binder observed clinical trials of the laser and served as medical monitor for the technology prior to its clearance by the FDA.

The laser may be ordered now for shipment in the United States by the third quarter of this year.