Innovation in ophthalmology aims at providing better decision-making capabilities to surgeons during cataract, retina, and corneal surgeries. The new generation of ophthalmic imaging equipment are manufactured with objectives to increase resolution and help in precise localization of surgical targets. The point of care services are improved and offering best possible outcomes to patients have become possible. Recent advances in equipment enable surgeons perform delicate surgeries with ease.
Surgical microscopes are equipped with intra-operative imaging and navigation technology to enable surgeons perform surgeries with tiny incisions. Anatomy in small cavities, which are not perceptible to human eye can be visualized. For instance, Prove 8 ophthalmic microscope and Leica’s IOL guidance software are used to carry out ophthalmic cataract surgery. “Currently, cataract surgery is performed through the smallest incision of any surgery on a major organ system in the human body,” said Jim Mazzo, global president of ophthalmology at Carl Zeiss Meditec in Dublin, California. “By making smaller incisions of up to1.8 mm, ophthalmologists can improve the visual outcomes of patients and promote faster visual recovery.”
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Some of the surgical microscopes designed for small-incision procedures are incapable of viewing fragments of natural lens or capsular bag of an eye. Stereo coaxial illumination is overcoming this obstacle. Transparent structures in eye are visualized in a contrasted way. Apochromatic correction of major components result in increased resolution and enhanced contrast level. Furthermore, it provides different magnification settings and a shadow-free view of major components throughout the procedure. A light is supplied through a fiber optic cable and bulb heat can be carried away from the operating field.
High-tech surgical microscopes have been equipped with features such as intraoperative fluorescence, optical coherence tomography (OCT), enhanced illumination, computer-assisted guidance, touchscreen control, and high-definition video recording. In addition, technologies are combined in real time and integrated with smartphones or tablets. “Manufacturers are taking that one step further,” said Kevin Cooley, director of new product sales and development at Prescott’s Inc. “The most recent advances come from combining technology that was otherwise separate and not in real time.”
YELLOW 560, developed by Zeiss, has gained approval for research use in the U.S. It has become the first fluorescence module that highlights the fluorescence-stained structures and offers a view of nonstained tissue in its natural color. Prescott has developed the OmniPlus/OSM200, equipped with features such as still-image-capturing capability, an integrated 4K streaming video camera, and 64 G memory.
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Manufacturers are striving to integrate OCT into surgical microscopes to improve visualization during ophthalmic surgeries, especially for corneal and retinal procedures. Zeiss became the first company to integrate real-time high-definition OCT with the eyepiece of the OPMI LUMERA 700 microscope in 2014. With this integration, surgeons were able to get distinct views of the transparent structures in the anterior and posterior portions of an eye. In addition to improving surgical abilities, new technologies in surgical microscopes provide flexibility to surgeon in treatment of eye conditions including cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
In its recent report on the ophthalmic imaging equipment market in the U.S., Big Market Research outlines recent trends and competitive scenario of the industry. The research highlights current advancements, describes value chain & analysis, offers detailed segmentation, and explores changing industry scenario.
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