Alcon recently launched two additions to its WaveLight Refractive Suite to further support LASIK surgery performance and results. The Phorcides Analytic Engine diagnostic software, designed to help analyze and confirm the topographic treatment for an eye in Contoura Vision, allows surgeons to calculate the optimal sphere and cylinder treatment. To improve clinical workflow, Alcon also redesigned and released a more compact and efficient patient interface for the Wavelight FS200. The Easypack Patient Interface optimizes outcomes and further streamlines efficiencies during the WaveLight LASIK procedure.
“As part of Alcon’s dedication to excellence, we are continuously building on our technologies to make the surgical experience better and more consistent–from treatment decision planning and validation, to procedural execution and results,” Jim Di Filippo, Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Surgical, Alcon, said in a company news release. “These latest offerings work synergistically with our established refractive systems to make them even more efficient and effective for patients and surgeons.”
Since its launch in 2015 as the first personalized topography-guided LASIK technology, Contoura Vision has provided a successful and differentiated approach to correcting topographical irregularities on the corneal surface, making LASIK an option for more patients. The new Phorcides Analytic Engine was designed as a complementary, functional planning tool to make Contoura Vision treatment calculations easier and more precise. It utilizes and integrates advanced algorithms, optical physics and differential geometry to compute ideal sphere and cylinder treatment for Contoura Vision. Furthermore, it combines information from multiple diagnostic devices to arrive at a recommended plan. Together, the Phorcides Analytic Engine and Contoura Vision capture the most enhanced corneal profile available – allowing surgeons to more accurately determine and execute a highly individualized treatment for each patient and potentially improve LASIK visual outcomes, according to an Alcon news release.
“Every time I use Contoura Vision, I use the Phorcides Analytic Engine because I know it increases the likelihood of getting the treatment right the first time for each patient,” Parag A. Majmudar, MD, corneal and refractive surgery specialist with Chicago Cornea Consultants in Illinois, said in the news release. “This planning tool is an incredibly powerful technology that helps surgeons deliver the best possible refractive outcomes and achieve our ultimate goal of helping patients see better.”
In addition, the new Wavelight FS200 Easypack Patient Interface also optimizes clinical efficiencies by simplifying processes in the operating room. Its unique ergonomic and ecological advantages include:
- Smaller and lighter packaging that reduces needed storage space, with less waste compared to its predecessor;
- Touchless unpacking of the applanation cone, suction ring and tubings enabled by a special package design, supporting improved sterile parts handling;
- Reduction of sterile packaging to only one blister, eliminating need for double unpacking and saving time for clinic staff;
- An optimized outer cardboard box that includes the FemtoCard inside, to help prevent loss of the card; and
- A new material for the suction ring tubing that is more flexible and provides smoother handling for docking procedure support.