Abbott has unveiled a new LASIK system, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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. The system acts as the “brain” of the LASIK procedure, generating a high-definition scan those measures and maps irregularities of the eye that may impact vision. It measures parameters such as the shape of the cornea, the passage of light through the eye, and pupil size under different illumination. From these measurements, the iDesign System creates an accurate and personalized LASIK treatment plan based on the unique “blueprint” of each person’s eyes. Sensor technology behind iDesign System is also used in NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to ensure it will transmit high resolution images of deep space back to earth. The telescope is scheduled to launch in 2018.
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.
The iDesign System allows doctors to detect details of the eye that were never able to see before. After surgery, people who were treated with the iDesign System reported high satisfaction rates, as well as improvements in all areas of vision well-being, such as their quality of vision and vision needed for healthy, active lifestyles.
Doctors can now treat higher levels of astigmatism in people with nearsightedness, a wider range of pupil sizes, and those who are 18 years of age and older.