Alcon unveiled software and hardware enhancements to the WaveLight Refractive Suite designed to provide surgeons and patients a more comfortable and efficient LASIK experience. The new platform offers a modernized user interface, ergonomic design, and expanded equipment color options.
“Although the WaveLight Refractive Suite is the market leader used in 65 percent of LASIK procedures performed in the U.S., we continued innovating to take the surgical experience to the next level,” Sergio Duplan, Region President, North America, Alcon, said in a company news release. “We’re confident these innovations will further optimize how surgeons use the Suite, arming them with the technology they need to address their patients’ vision correction needs.”
The new suite enhancements will also seamlessly integrate with Contoura Vision, providing surgeons true topography guidance and the unique ability to “map” the corneal features and imperfections of each eye using 22,000 data points from the WaveLight Topolyzer VARIO. In a clinical trial, 92.6% of eyes treated with Contoura Vision achieved 20/20 vision or better, according to Alcon.
The new software updates also enhance the graphical user interface (GUI) of the Suite’s WaveNet Planning Station, EX500 excimer laser, and the FS200 Femtosecond laser – improving intuitiveness and workflow as surgeons use Contoura Vision to develop a customized treatment plan for patients. The treatment is then programmed for execution by the advanced laser system of the WaveLight technology, which consistently delivers an accurate, safe and the highest individualized LASIK experience.
“The enhancements to the WaveLight Refractive Suite are a welcome upgrade to an already robust platform, and the transition from the previous software was seamless,” Louis Probst, MD, National Medical Director and Surgeon at TLC Laser Eye Centers, said in the news release. “My surgery process is now more deliberate and streamlined because I’m able to clearly see and follow a logical flow of parameters on the redesigned interface.”
To better assist the surgeon’s ability to provide exceptional treatment for patients, several enhancements to the Suite include:
- Ergonomic additions to improve surgeon comfort and efficiency, such as a heads up display for the surgeon’s dominant eye and a clearly arranged control panel
- Higher-contrast GUI and a back-lit keyboard to optimize surgeon comfort while working in the dim lighting that is common in procedure rooms
- Updates to the laser designed to reduce the procedure time, maximize patient comfort and mitigate increases in intraocular pressure
- New key switch and emergency laser emission stop switch to allow the surgeon to turn the laser system on/off and shut down the device immediately in case of an emergency
Alcon is also unveiling a new color option, Ivory White, that will join the platform’s standard color of Sapphire Blue.
Newly purchased suites will automatically include the software and hardware updates, and currently installed systems are being updated with the software enhancements. To learn more about these WaveLight Refractive Suite enhancements, visit MyAlcon.com.