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OptiMedica Corp.

BioPhotonics
Mar 2012
Based in Santa Clara, Calif., OptiMedica Corp., a global ophthalmic device company, has received FDA 510(k) market clearance for its Catalys laser, a next-generation cataract surgery system. Catalys combines a femtosecond laser, integrated OCT imaging and proprietary pattern scanning technology in an ergonomic system that allows surgeons to perform image-guided preoperative laser lens conditioning. The FDA cleared the system for capsulotomy (a circular incision in the lens capsule) and lens fragmentation (segmenting and softening of the lens to prepare for removal). Catalys was CE mark-approved in August 2011 and has since been shipped to ophthalmic centers outside the US.



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femtosecond laser
A type of ultrafast laser that creates a minimal amount of heat-affected zones by having a pulse duration below the picosecond level, making the technology ideal for micromachining, medical device fabrication, scientific research, eye surgery and bioimaging.
ophthalmology
The branch of medicine involved in the study of the anatomy, functions, diseases and treatments of the eye.
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