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Innovations | Jun 2011



Merlin Condensing Lens Assembly

As a companion to its Merlin Surgical System, Volk Optical, Inc. (Mentor, OH), has designed the Merlin Condensing Lens Assembly (CLA). The CLA provides vitreoretinal surgeons with detailed retinal views through the microscope and the convenience of fully automated operation, according to a company news release. When the CLA is used with the Merlin Surgical System, the system directs positioning of the lens via a foot pedal or the device’s lens-positioning unit. When the lenspositioning unit is swung into the surgical field, bringing the Volk lens into position, the CLA automatically moves the condensing lens into the optical pathway to provide clear retinal views. With the condensing lens in place, the working height of the microscope decreases, and refocusing between corneal and retinal views is minimized, according to the company.


Micro-Implantation Cataract Suite


Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (Santa Ana, CA) released the Micro- Implantation Cataract Suite, which is designed to help improve the cataract procedure’s outcomes and safety. During the procedure, the cataract is removed through a microincision, and a foldable IOL is inserted into the eye. The Suite enables surgeons to perform an entire microsurgical procedure, which can reduce surgically induced astigmatism, provide a safer intraoperative environment, and promote faster healing and visual recovery, according to a company news release.

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