Laser Cataract Surgery: the Next New Thing in Ophthalmology

Laser Cataract Surgery: the Next New Thing in OphthalmologyMainstream consumers’ experiences foster more rapid adoption across the spectrum of technological innovation, including what you have to offer as an eye surgeon.

In 2010, ophthalmologists became aware of the next big revolution in the field: using a femtosecond laser to perform cataract surgery. Seemingly out of nowhere, four companies emerged with announcements, booth demonstrations, and approvals…

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Early User Experience with Visante OCT for the Anterior Segment

Early User Experience with Visante OCTfor the Anterior Segment

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), initially developed for high-resolution imaging of the retina, has more recently found application in the anterior segment of the eye. OCT is unique for the front of the eye in that it allows precision imaging and biometry that previously was available only with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or immersion ultrasound. OCT also allows patients’ eyes to be imaged in a noncontact manner, which is both practice and patient friendly…

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IntraLase’s International Expansion A Growing Global Presence

IntraLase's International Expansion A Growing Global Presence

Twenty years after laser vision correction was first performed, the technology utilized in the procedure today has improved dramatically to make the procedure (now known as “LASIK”) even safer and better than before. One of the key transitions currently underway in many markets is in how the corneal flap is created, moving from a “bladed” approach with traditional microkeratomes to an “all laser” approach utilizing the femtosecond laser as well as the excimer…

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Intralase: Coming of Age

Intralase: Coming of AgeHow femtosecond technology impacts the business side of refractive surgery.

This is the third in a series of articles that highlights results from market studies on topics of interest to refractive surgeons. These studies comprise original research conducted by SM2 Consulting of Pleasanton, California. Since its debut 10 years ago, LASIK has undergone numerous refinements in technology and technique…

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Measuring the Impact of Femtosecond Laser Technology on Procedure Volume and Pricing

Measuring the Impact of Femtosecond Laser Technology on Procedure Volume and Pricing

Abstract:

Objective: To understand the impact of the use of Femtosecond laser technology on the procedure volume and pricing within refractive practices across the United States.

Methods: Formal interviews were conducted with the key surgeon and/or business manager of 32practices nationwide using the INTRALASE® FS Laser to create lamellar flaps as part of the LASIK procedure…

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