September 2011
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Topcon Europe Medical and LensAR have announced a joint plan for cooperative strategic marketing and distribution of the LensAR femtosecond cataract laser eye surgery system in Europe. Topcon will handle the marketing and distribution, and LensAR will provide the product.

Topcon markets PASCAL Streamline photocoagulator laser systems, but the company is primarily known for ocular diagnostic equipment. This agreement to market and distribute the LensAR Laser System presents Topcon with an opportunity to broaden its laser eye surgery market share. Topcon has a strong sales presence in Europe. Eric Franken, the Managing Director of Topcon Europe Medical, predicts that the company’s involvement will boost sales of the LensAR System and benefit both patients and customers. European sales of the LensAR Laser System are expected to begin during the first quarter of 2012.

The LensAR Laser System performs automated cataract surgery through the delivery of precision capsulotomies, clear corneal cataract incisions, limbal relaxing incisions, paracenteses and laser fragmentation of the cataract without the use of ultrasound power. It is a 3-dimensional scanning femtosecond laser system with fully integrated proprietary measurement and laser scanning technology. The LensAR Laser System has been used in over 500 procedures outside of the US, and the company has received FDA 510(k) clearance for anterior capsulotomy and laser phacofragmentation procedures.

Topcon Europe Medical markets diagnostic imaging equipment, refractive lens metres and lens analysers, automated subjective refraction systems, operation microscopes, the LENTIS series of intraocular lenses, and the well-known PASCAL Streamline Photocoagulator laser systems.

The PASCAL Streamline 577 recently received FDA 510(k) clearance. It is also an integrated scanning femtosecond laser system, but it is used for vitreo-retinal laser eye surgeries. PASCAL systems are very effective for the treatment of wet AMD and diabetic retinopathy. Both of these conditions involve abnormal neovascularisation of the retina, and PASCAL systems treat neovascularisation with minimal damage to the retina or macular region.

The LensAR Laser Systems are designed for laser cataract surgeries and will significantly broaden the scope of Topcon’s involvement in ocular surgery. Approximately 19 million new cases of cataracts are diagnosed every year. Surgical cataract removal is the only available treatment option, and femtosecond laser technology is poised to be the surgical option of choice. Laser removal of cataracts is far more precise and reliable than even the most skilled manual surgeon, and many systems are being designed with multiple platforms so that one system can perform both cataract removal and standard refractive corrections.

Les writes for Personal Eyes about eye procedures, LASIK eye surgery, glaucoma & more.

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