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    In the pipeline: What’s new and what’s coming in optometry technology

     

    VisAbility Micro-Insert System

    The VisAbility Micro-Insert System (Refocus Group) is a presbyopic procedure performed outside the eye’s line-of-sight. It was developed to restore near vision without any compromise to distance vision or depth perception. Because the procedure is performed in the sclera, the VisAbility Micro-Insert System doesn't alter the cornea or natural lens, so the eye is preserved for future refractive or cataract procedures.

    Topical treatments for presbyopia

    EV06 is a topical treatment for presbyopia developed by Encore Vision and acquired by Alcon in December 2016. EV06 targets presbyopia by restoring crystalline lens flexibility, thereby allowing the lens to focus on nearby objects.

    IOLs

    The Light Adjustable Lens from RxSight (formerly Calhoun Vision)can trial monovision through a UV protective lens. This 6 mm silicone optic and PMMA haptic IOL is available in Europe. It can correct up to 0.1D accuracy. A UV laser changes the refractive error.

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    Wearable technology

    The wearable technology industry is worth $1.6 billion. The biggest advances are wearable devices that cut the cord, says Dr. Karpecki. With two billion eyeglass wearers, four billion mobile phone users, and one trillion photos taken each year, it should come as no surprise how wearable technology has taken off.

    PogoTec launched the world’s smallest camera that attaches directly to eyeglass frames. This camera can take up to 100 photos or up to six 30-second HD videos on a single charge. The included smart case can store up to 8000 photos or 90 30-second HD videos.

    Gene therapy

    CRISPR Gene Editing can remove the damaged or faulty genes for patients. This procedure allows doctors to clip a specific DNA sequence and replace it with a new one, offering the potential to cure diseases caused by defective genes.

    Advances in drug delivery

    The Replenish Ophthalmic MicroPump system features four sub-systems: Anterior MicroPump (for glaucoma patients), Posterior MicroPump (for retina patients), EyeLink (wireless programmer/charger for bidirectional communication with the MicroPump implants), and Drug Refill System (separate console unit to fill and refill the MicroPump implants).

    Giovanni Castelli
    Giovanni Castelli is the content specialist for Optometry Times. He is a 2014 graduate of Cleveland State University with a degree in ...

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