PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Clarity Medical Systems, Inc. U.S. Patent 8506083 Compact Wavefront Sensor Module and its Attachment. This patent includes the attachment of the compact HOLOS wavefront sensor onto a surgical microscope or slit lamp or, the integration into a surgical microscope or slit lamp. This latest patent is another continuation of Clarity’s expanding HOLOS™ technology portfolio.
“The compact size of HOLOS IntraOp™ will help ophthalmologists rapidly and efficiently measure their patient’s refractive state during cataract surgery, as well as provide real-time surgical guidance while preserving key surgeon ergonomics.”
For over twenty-five years aberrometers have been used in eye care to measure patient’s pre-operative refraction, also known as their prescription. Used by ophthalmologists, aberrometers are an essential tool when accurate refractive measurements of the patient’s eyes are critical, such as LASIK and refractive procedures. The underlying technology employed in these existing aberrometry systems is largely based on decades old technology initially deployed in astronomy. These older technologies typically have slow acquisition rates and only provide a static output, or a single refractive snapshot at a moment in time. Additionally their relatively large footprint, while well suited for the typical table-top applications, has hindered their use during refractive cataract surgery and has practically precluded their integration into cataract surgical microscopes.
The growing logic among ophthalmic surgeons is that intra-operative aberrometry can assist them in achieving visual outcomes for cataract surgery that closely resemble their positive refractive outcomes routinely achieved in other corneal refractive procedures such as LASIK.
Clarity President and CEO Keith Mullowney says, “ The compact size of HOLOS IntraOp™ will help ophthalmologists rapidly and efficiently measure their patient’s refractive state during cataract surgery, as well as provide real-time surgical guidance while preserving key surgeon ergonomics.”
Clarity’s first product application of this unique technology will be for refractive cataract surgery with HOLOS IntraOp, an intraoperative module that attaches to any standard surgical microscope to assist surgeons in monitoring and confirming the accurate refractive status of their patient’s eye throughout all phases of the surgical procedure. Additionally, HOLOS IntraOp will allow surgeons to more effectively treat and manage astigmatism, by enabling real-time orientation and feedback of their Toric IOLs. In femtosecond laser cataract surgery, HOLOS IntraOp will also help surgeons to accurately guide the desired astigmatic surgical correction. Ultimately the goal is to aid cataract surgeons in achieving “emmetropia” for their patients, better known as 20/20 vision. Worldwide 22 million cataract surgeries are performed annually.
About Clarity Medical Systems, Inc.
Clarity Medical Systems, Inc., develops, manufactures and markets advanced newborn ophthalmic imaging systems, guidance and informatics tools that enhance the clinician’s ability to diagnose, manage, and treat eye disorders. The company's RetCam™ product line is helping to improve the quality of eye healthcare in pediatric populations worldwide and is sold to leading Neonatal Intensive Care Units on a global basis. To date, over 1,400 RetCam systems have been installed and the eyes of more than a million children have been imaged in over 85 countries. RCRS™ (RetCam Review Software) creates a worldwide network solution providing users the ability to remotely store, retrieve, view, and annotate RetCam data and images. Clarity’s latest offering, HOLOS IntraOp™, is a continuous real-time intraoperative aberrometer for refractive cataract surgery. HOLOS IntraOp is designed to provide high-accuracy, real-time, intraoperative refractive guidance and data throughout all phases of surgery to assist surgeons to better achieve their patient’s refractive goals.