The new OcuLight OR (532 nm) green laser, which expands Iridex's existing Ocu­Light product line, can be used in the operating room environment by otologists for oto­scle­rosis and by ophthalmologists for retinal photocoagulation.

The OcuLight OR laser was specifically de­signed for the operating room environment and features bright LED displays and large easy-to-read labeling. The laser is energy-efficient and does not require regular laser maintenance or special electrical wiring or plumbing, as seen with older tube-based technology, the company says. It is compatible with laser indirect oph­thal­­moscopes and endophotocoagulation probes as delivery device options for ophthalmologists to perform retinal photocoagulation procedures. The OcuLight OR is also compatible with short- and long-angle probes for otologists to perform stapedectomy/stapedotomy pro­cedures. For information, visit

AMO Launches WhiteStar ICE

Advanced Medical Optics launched WhiteStar ICE for use with the Sovereign pha­co­emulsification system. The redesigned energy system and fluid management component are de­signed to increase cutting power without in­creasing energy. An initial punch at the beginning of each ICE pulse allows gas-rich balanced salt solution to flow between the phaco tips and the cataract material, acting as a transient cavitation accelerator and improving efficiency, according to AMO.

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New Spectacle Lens Analyzer from Topcon

Topcon Medical Systems Inc. has in­tro­duced the EZ-200 Automatic Rx Analyzer, a new spectacle-measuring instrument that analyzes left and right lenses simultaneously at the push of a button. Within seconds, the EZ-200 automatically reads sphere, cylinder and axis; identifies and measures multifocal and progressive lenses; displays far and near point distance from the optical center for progressive lenses; and measures monocular and total spectacle PD. Data is displayed on a color LCD screen. Measurement of a pair of single-vision lenses takes 10 seconds; progressive lenses take less than 20 seconds. The instrument also features an RS-232 interface for easy communication with other Topcon products and/or a PC.

For more information, contact Topcon at 1 (800) 223-1130 or visit

Antimicrobial Swabs and Swabsticks

Professional Disposables International's Chlorascrub features 3.15% chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% isopropyl alcohol in pre-moistened swabs and swabsticks. Chlo­ra­scrub may be used for a variety of antiseptic skin preparation needs such as peripheral IV's, blood cultures and minor surgical procedures.

Chlorascrub will be sold in quantities of 100 swabs per box; Chlorascrub Swabstick will be sold in 50 swabsticks per box; and Chlorascrub Maxi Swabstick will be sold in 30 maxi swabsticks per box. PDI is the health-care division of Nice-Pak Products Inc., a global leader in pre-moistened wipes. For information, call 1 (888) 437-6704 or e-mail

New Tool Holds Dropped Lens During Surgery

Rhein Medical's Sabet Len­ticular Safety Net is a handheld 23-ga. tool designed to fit through a 1-mm paracentesis or pars plana incision, with a retractable "basket" at the tip. The basket consists of four curved wires forming the shape of an open hand; this creates a large surface area that can be used to support a dropping lens, or multiple fragments, allowing them to be brought from the vitreous cavity into the anterior chamber or iris plane. Phacoemulsification or anterior vitrectomy can then safely continue.

The curved wire "hand" emerges at a fairly steep angle relative to the bore of the instrument, allowing the bore to be placed vertically into the vitreous with the wires ending up behind the fragment(s). The tip of each wire is also bent forward to aid in holding the lens, and to avoid any retinal tears in the unlikely event that the wires brush against the retina during use. The thin but sturdy wires minimize traction in the vitreous.

For more information, contact Rhein Medical at 1 (800) 637-4346.

Precise Laser Targeting

Ocular Instruments says its Reichel-Mainster 1X and 2X Retina argon/diode laser lenses have wavefront-designed optics that allow the clinician to detect subtle fundus details such as retinal thickening and serous detachments, and have high axial and lateral magnifications that help diagnose and treat macular and retinal vascular disorders. The company says the lenses would be useful for transpupillary thermotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular occlusions. Call 1 (800) 888-6616 or visit