Portable laser technology receives high marks

Harit Bhatt, MD, a Chicagoland-area retinal surgeon, shared his experience with the LEAF and LION portable lasers during a conversation at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2022 annual meeting in Chicago.

Video transcript

Note: This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

Harit Bhatt, MD: Hi, my name is Harit Bhatt. I'm a retinal surgeon that works in the southwest suburbs of the Chicagoland area. I work at University Retina and Macula Associates, I've had the pleasure of using the LEAF and LION for the last several months, and it's completely revolutionized how I treat patients with laser.

No. 1, the value proposition of mobility and portability has been elegantly executed. Not only in what I do in my clinic day to day where I don't have to move patients, I can move the laser, but also the portability of it for me to take it to other clinics should I need to use it when I travel there.

The accuracy, the optics, the reliability, the user interface have all been a big leap forward in laser technology and at least in all of the other companies and lasers I've been exposed to. So it's been a real pleasure with incorporating the Noralase into my practice and also working with the Noralase team they've been very supportive. I've actually turned other people on to this.

I don't think you truly know how easy it is to use and how valuable it can be until you actually get your hands on it and use it in your office. And I think that there are demo programs been very helpful for that.

I think for patients it is great. I think it means less movement in the office, shorter wait times in the office, and it allows them to be seen in a more efficient way for their treatments. And that's just the operation side of it. In addition to that, the quality of the laser, the comfortability of the treatment and the accuracy of it is probably produces more comfortable, you know, treatment, therapy and also better outcomes.