miLOOP technology can optimize nucleus disassembly in cataract surgery
NEW YORK — New technology for disassembling the nucleus has the potential to improve the efficiency of phacoemulsification, according to a speaker here.
“It basically uses this nitinol, or this thin filament wire, that wraps around the nucleus,” William B. Trattler, MD, said at OSN New York 2017.
Developed by Sean Ianchulev, MD, MPH, the miLOOP (Iantech) allows surgeons to use less energy to remove the cataract, leading to better postoperative results, according to Trattler.
The miLOOP works by going under the capsule and behind the nucleus and cutting the nucleus in two. It can then be rotated to cut the nucleus another time, creating smaller pieces to remove.
“By doing this technique, you use less energy because the pieces are smaller,” Trattler said. “When you have a dense cataract, you have a lot of corneal edema afterward, and with this technology, or with any technology that uses less energy, you’ll see the corneas are looking less edematous, and they’ll have better early postop vision.”
The miLOOP is disposable and simple to use, he added.
Trattler WB. New technologies for optimizing cataract surgery outcomes. Presented at: OSN New York 2017; Oct. 20 to 22, 2017; New York.
Disclosure : Trattler reports he has a financial interest in CXLO, Avedro, Guardian Health, Iantech and ArcScan, consults for Avedro, Alcon, Allergan, AMO, Bausch + Lomb, Shire, Lensar, Guardian Health and Ocular Therapeutix, and is a speaker for Avedro, Allergan, Bausch + Lomb, Shire, Sun and NovaBay.