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Cheryl Guttman Krader
Bladeless surgery feasible
Use of a femtosecond laser with its FDA-approved IntraLaser Enabled Keratoplasty software appears safe and effective for creating clear corneal and arcuate incisions, therefore enabling bladeless cataract surgery.
Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty meets penetrating keratoplasty
Results from the prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled Dutch Lamellar Corneal Transplantation Study support performing deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty instead of penetrating keratoplasty in eyes needing corneal transplantation for stromal pathology not affecting the endothelium.
Device clinical role at work
Accumulating data are demonstrating that use of the femtosecond laser improves the efficacy and safety of cataract surgery.
Study: Effective lens position advances accuracy
Findings from a prospective study demonstrate that capsulotomy creation using a proprietary femtosecond laser system improves the predictability of effective lens position to deliver increased refractive accuracy and better visual acuity outcomes.
Analyses favor use of laser
Results of a comparative study investigating capsulotomy features and ease of cataract extraction demonstrate clear benefits for using a femtosecond laser to create the capsular opening and fragment the nucleus.
Surgery, imaging year's hot topics
New surgical procedures and advances in structural imaging were once again the focus of interest in glaucoma during 2011.
Phakic IOL’s ongoing safety encouraging
During up to 8 years of available follow-up, the hydrophobic acrylic, anterior chamber angle-supported phakic IOL (AcrySof Cachet, Alcon Laboratories) continues to demonstrate a favorable safety profile, according to Béatrice Cochener, MD, PhD.
Tech developments gain ground
As leading cataract surgeons reflect on the newest advances in the field over the past year, the femtosecond laser maintained its place in the spotlight.
Near vision procedure promising
Analyses of data from a German CE study show femtosecond laser-based intrastromal correction of presbyopia results in significant improvement in near vision and high patient satisfaction with stable refractive outcomes for at least 2 years.
Refractive surgery innovations drive improvements
Advanced technology from Schwind is already shaping the future of refractive surgery, but surgeons can look forward to further refinements and innovations that will offer additional capabilities.

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