Bausch + Lomb announced the availability of the Illuminated Directional Laser Probe, which combines the light technology of the company’s illuminated laser probe with the fiber capabilities of its directional laser probe.
"The Illuminated Directional Laser Probe is the first of many innovations to come from our near-term pipeline as a direct result of our significant investment in R&D dedicated specifically to retina,” Andrew Chang, senior vice president and general manager, US Surgical, Bausch + Lomb, said in a company news release. “Through this continued commitment and the invaluable partnership of the retina community, we look forward to delivering many more new technologies that help expand the horizons of retinal surgery.”
Using patented moving tube technology, the Illuminated Directional Laser Probe adjusts from straight to a curve of 85 degrees. The directional actuation of the fiber allows surgeons to enter the eye in the straight position, reducing the risk of bumping the natural lens while providing the ability to work around the posterior pole when applying laser treatment. Surgeons can adjust from straight to the curved position using an ergonomically designed slide button, which in combination with the illumination technology allows them to perform their own scleral depression while reaching the extreme periphery. The product features a midfield illumination pattern and is compatible with most modern, ophthalmic light sources.
“Maintaining your illumination pattern from a distance during retinal surgery can be a challenge,” Brandon G. Busbee, MD, from Tennessee Retina in Nashville, Tennessee, said in the news release. “The moving tube design and recessed nature of the illumination fiber on Bausch + Lomb’s Illuminated Directional Laser Probe allows you to do that without extending the laser fiber toward the retina.”
Surgeons will have the opportunity to try the Illuminated Directional Laser Probe at the Bausch + Lomb booth (#103) at the American Society of Retina Surgeons meeting, August 9-14, 2016, in San Francisco.