Beaver-Visitec International (BVI) has announced the global launch of a new, multi-functional cannula, designed to improve surgical efficiency and optimize clinical outcomes during femto laser assisted cataract surgery (FLACS).
The primary function of the Visitec FLACS Cannula is to ensure all types of femto incisions (side-port, main and arcuate) are opened smoothly, easily and cleanly. The cannula’s leading edge is blunt to safeguard against stretching, distortion, or creation of a second tunnel. It is also very thin, allowing it to glide through and open femto incisions with minimal effort.
In addition, the cannula can be used to inject OVD and / or other solutions into the eye, thereby reducing the number of instrument passes into the eye and hand-offs between surgeon and scrub nurse. As a multifunctional tool, use of the Visitec FLACS Cannula may decrease procedure time, potentially leading to increased room turn over and more efficient patient flow.
"This Visitec FLACS cannula has an outstanding tip design to ensure that opening of femtosecond laser-cut cataract incisions is both efficient and safe. In addition, I have found that my operating time has reduced because fewer instrument hand-offs are required,” said Cédric Schweitzer, MD, of CHU Hopitaux de Bordeaux, France.
Because it is a single-use device supplied in a manufacturer-sealed sterile package, the Visitec FLACS Cannula eradicates the risk of cross-contamination associated with reusable instruments and eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming sterilization protocols.
The Visitec FLACS Cannula complements other single-use product offerings from BVI which can be used during femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. These include the 27-gauge Visitec Hydrodissection cannulae and blunt Capsulorhexis Forceps.