Abbott is unveiling a new LASIK system, just approved by the FDA, that produces high resolution scans of the human eye with levels of detail previously unavailable in clinical systems. The iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System takes 1,200 readings of the eye within a three second scan. It measures parameters such as the shape of the cornea, the passage of light through the eye, and pupil size under different illumination. The imaging technology that allows these capabilities was developed at Abbott and integrated into the James Webb Space Telescope that should be put in orbit in 2018.
The new technology will allow physicians to offer LASIK for people with higher levels of astigmatism and those that have unusual pupil sizes.
In a clinical study on 334 eyes treated with the iDesign System, 99 percent of patients experienced little or no difficulty with the clarity of their vision and 97 percent of patients had little or no difficulty with their daily activities after surgery. In addition, patients saw significant improvements in their vision while driving at night and a reduction in glare.
Here’s a video about the technology that’s inside the iDesign and the James Webb telescope: