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    New technology aims to improve ease, accuracy of toric IOL surgery planning

    Real-time streaming data throughout procedure can empower surgical decision making

    A forthcoming innovation for a proprietary cataract/refractive surgical suite will make toric IOL selection simpler, more robust, and also enable surgeons to provide patients with optimal refractive and functional outcomes, according to Franck Leveiller, PhD.

    The new tool (ORA SYSTEM with VerifEye Lynk, Alcon Laboratories) integrates technologies (VERION Image Guided System and ORA System, Alcon) and introduces software updates that enhance preoperative measurements and planning, intraoperative guidance, and postoperative data analysis. The new tool will also provide real-time streaming data throughout the procedure to help empower the surgeon’s decision making.

    Dr. Leveiller noted that results of a recently published controlled study showed how guidance from the system significantly improved outcomes of toric IOL surgery [Woodcock MG, et al. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016;42:817-825].

    “In that study, use of intraoperative aberrometry significantly increased the proportion of eyes with ≤0.5 D of postoperative refractive astigmatism compared with the control group operated on with standard methods, 89% versus 71%, respectively,” said Dr. Leveiller, head, global research and development Alcon, Fort Worth, TX. “We believe that integrating ORA with VERION and its improved planning software will provide even better outcomes and make surgeons more confident in recommending and using toric IOLs.”

    VerifEye Lynk (V-Lynk) is introducing redesigned planning software for the image-guided system (version 3.2) that features a more-intuitive, graphic, user interface and incorporates the latest IOL formulas, including the entire portfolio of Barrett calculators.

    Surgeons using the image-guided system can perform calculations for the full line of AcrySof toric IOLs without needing to access the online calculator and will be using the latest IOL formulas that incorporate all that has been learned about the influence of surgically induced astigmatism and posterior corneal astigmatism on outcomes with toric IOLs, Dr. Leveiller noted.

    “We have engaged many surgeons and technicians during the development of V-Lynk, and we expect that both groups of users will greatly appreciate the new planning software that will reduce the number of IOLs that need to be available in the operating room to cover the range of recommended prescriptions,” he said.

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