Abbott’s iDesign System Creates 3-D Map of the Eye for Precise, Personalized LASIK Vision Treatment
ABBOTT PARK, Ill., July 20, 2015 — Abbott announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and launch of the iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System. The system acts as the “brain” of the LASIK procedure, generating a high-definition scan that measures and maps irregularities of the eye that may impact vision. From these measurements, the iDesign System creates an accurate and personalized LASIK treatment plan based on the unique “blueprint” of each person’s eyes.
The iDesign System captures more than 1,200 micro readings of the eye, as well as identifying the shape of the cornea, its curvature, how light passes through the eye and pupil diameter under different lighting conditions – all in one, three-second scan that can be used to precisely correct vision.
The iDesign System for LASIK is a leap forward for laser vision correction in the United States, enabling a highly personalized treatment unique to the vision needs of each person. The iDesign System allows doctors to detect details of the eye that we were never able to see before.
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 as well as improvements in all areas of vision well-being, such as their quality of vision and vision needed for healthy, active lifestyles.
With the approval of the iDesign System, Doctors can 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.
If you are considering LASIK, ask your doctor about the iDesign System.
Advanced CustomVue LASIK® (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a customized wavefront-guided laser surgery procedure that uses the iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System to measure visual imperfections of your eye and the STAR S4 IR® Excimer Laser to permanently reshape the cornea. Advanced CustomVue LASIK treatment is used to correct, or reduce myopia (nearsightedness) with and without astigmatism for patients 18 years of age and older and whose vision has been stable for at least one year. Only eye care professionals trained in laser vision correction can determine whether you are a suitable candidate.
You should not have LASIK if you have collagen vascular (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis), autoimmune (e.g., lupus), or immunodeficiency diseases (e.g., AIDS) because they affect the body’s ability to heal. You should not have this procedure if you are pregnant or nursing; show signs of corneal abnormalities or corneal thinning; have symptoms of significant dry eyes; advanced glaucoma; and uncontrolled diabetes. If you have severely dry eyes, LASIK may increase the dryness, may delay healing after surgery, may or may not go away and it may result in poor vision after LASIK.
Warnings and Precautions:
LASIK is not recommended if you have cataracts, corneal scars, or dry eye syndrome; glaucoma; diabetes; severe allergies; history of Herpes simplex or Herpes zoster keratitis; are taking Isotretinoin (Accutane® brand), Sumatriptan (Imitrex® brand), Amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone® brand) or antimetabolites for any medical conditions; history of crossed eyes; previous corneal, intraocular surgery, LASIK or refractive surgery; family history of degenerative corneal disease; and history of inflammation of the eye. Your doctor will examine your eyes to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Talk to your doctor about any eye-related conditions, injuries, or surgeries you have had, any medications you are taking, and any changes to your vision in the past year. After surgery, you may find it more difficult to see in conditions such as dim light, rain, snow, fog, or glare from bright lights at night. Future measurements of your eye pressure or future cataract surgery can be affected by this procedure. Tell your future doctor you’ve had Advanced CustomVue LASIK surgery.
As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with Advanced CustomVue LASIK treatments. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor before you make any decision to have the surgery. If the results of the surgery are not satisfactory, your doctor may want to perform additional laser treatment in either one or both eyes. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you. Some risks are related to the creation of the corneal flap. Corneal flap complications include but are not limited to: cutting an incomplete, irregular flap or free flap; misalignment of the flap; and perforation of the cornea. Corneal flap complications range in severity from those that simply require the treatment to be postponed for several months, to those which create corneal irregularities resulting in permanently blurred vision. You may need reading glasses even if you did not wear them before. Your vision may not be perfect, and you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses for some activities even after laser vision correction.