Fourth-generation microkeratome brings more efficiency, precision to flap formation

September 20, 2004

Paris

Paris—Described as a fourth-generation microkeratome, the recently released Amadeus II microkeratome (Advanced Medical Optics) brings more efficiency and precision in creating corneal flaps during LASIK procedures.

Helga Sandoval, MD, of the University of South Carolina, highlighted the new look and features of the microkeratome during a refractive surgery free paper session as the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting.

Dr. Sandoval said that the new microkeratome has many of the same features as the original Amadeus, but sports a new look. The computer-controlled microkeratome, with an upgradeable platform, allows surgeons to customize the device.

The microkeratome also offers full customization of flap-creation parameters, voice information, flap creation in centimeters, and new blade rings. Amadeus II also offers surgeons the ability to perform epi-LASEK with a change of the head.

The voice information feature guides physicians through the flap-creation procedure and checks for proper operation. This allows surgeons to focus on the procedure without physically turning their attention away from patients. It also offers a printout for each procedure performed.

Dr. Sandoval pointed out that the company is working to integrate pachymetry into the unit.

Changes were also made to the handpiece of the microkeratome. The handpiece is now smaller and lighter, with 65% less weight traveling across the eye.

Dr. Sandoval, MD, presented in place of Kerry Solomon, MD, also of the University of South Carolina, who was unable to speak due to a scheduling conflict.