Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) at the University of Pikeville has announced a collaboration with Cassini to include the Cassini Corneal Shape Analyzer in its education program. With this announcement, KYCO becomes the first optometry school to include the Cassini in their education program, according to a Cassini news release. The agreement is aimed at improving education and research in key critical areas of optometry including astigmatism, corneal pathologies, dry eye, and surgical comanagement.
Cassini uses patented multi-colored LED point-to-point ray tracing to provide a GPS-like analysis of the cornea including axial and elevation maps used for cataract planning, contact lens fitting, and diagnosing corneal pathologies. When Cassini was launched in 2013, it demonstrated the ability to accurately provide anterior corneal steep axis repeatability of less than 3 degrees.[i] This capability has led many ophthalmic practices in the United States and International markets to choose Cassini as their preferred corneal diagnostic device for refractive-cataract surgery planning.
Cassini’s Total Corneal Astigmatism functionality uses patented second purkinje reflection-based analysis of the posterior cornea. Cassini posterior and anterior data is calculated to provide surgeon. The impact of this information benefits patients undergoing cataract surgery with individual measurements of the Total Corneal Astigmatism (TCA) rather than using a generic nomogram. Cassini provides the personalized data that enables cataract surgeons to create a unique, personalized surgical plan for each patient individually – without ignoring the posterior corneal astigmatism.
“At Kentucky College of Optometry, we have put a premium on the technology offered to our students and patients,” Assistant Professor at KYCO George Asimellis, PhD, said in the news release.
Dr. Asimellis, an anterior-segment imaging expert, has been working with the Cassini since the prototype device. He has published 6 papers in the peer review literature on this subject matter,[ii],[iii],[iv],[v],[vi] and presented the Cassini in various international conferences including ARVO, AAO, ASCRS, and ESCRS.
“For any corneal refractive procedure to be successful, it requires a comprehensive and thorough imaging of the cornea. Anterior and posterior astigmatism can affect the results. This is what we’ll be teaching our students. Cassini is uniquely positioned among other anterior imaging devices to provide perhaps the most accurate estimate of total corneal astigmatism magnitude and axis," he added.
“This is a very exciting collaboration for Cassini, which to this date has focused mainly on the cataract market,” Jeroen Cammeraat, CEO of Cassini, said in the news release. “Our patented technology platform allows us to expand applications to improve the quality of eye care and having an influential partner such as Kentucky College of Optometry certainly will aide our research and development.”
[i] Kanellopoulos AJ, Asimellis G, Friess DW. The Clinical Impact of Color LED Topographic Variability Analysis. CRSToday, April 2014.
[ii] Kanellopoulos AJ, Asimellis G, Multi-modality imaging of a Highly Irregular Cornea: comparison of findings to a Novel LED Multicolor-Spot Reflection Topography. JOJ Ophtal 2015; 1(1): JOJO.MS.ID.555555.
[iii] Kanellopoulos AJ, Asimellis G. Distribution and Repeatability of Corneal Astigmatism Measurements (Magnitude and Axis) Evaluated with Color Light Emitting Diode Reflection Topography. Cornea 2015; 34(8):937-44.
[iv] Kanellopoulos AJ, Asimellis G. Color Light-Emitting Diode Reflection Topography: Validation of Keratometric Repeatability, in a large sample of Wide Cylindrical-range Corneas. Clinical Ophthalmology 2015; 9:245-52.
[v] Kanellopoulos AJ, Asimellis G. Clinical Correlation between Placido, Scheimpflug and LED Color Reflection Topographies in Imaging of a Scarred Cornea. Case Reports in Ophthalmology 2014; 5:311-7.
[vi] Kanellopoulos AJ, Asimellis G. Forme Fruste Keratoconus Imaging and Validation via Novel Multi-spot Reflection Topography. Case Reports in Ophthalmology 2013; 4(3):199-209.