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IOPtima Ltd. has developed the IOPtiMate system; a unique laser based surgical system for the treatment of Glaucoma. The system utilizes a CO2 laser technology to reduce internal eye pressure by allowing better flow of aqueous humor. In utilizing the particular properties of the CO2 laser, the IOPtiMate thins the sclera wall via ablating surges at the normal eye drainage area (Schlemm’s Canal region), in a simple and highly controlled and specific manner. The IOPtiMate is highly effective in ablating dry tissue, and allows the surgeon to thin the sclera by gradually removing, layer by layer, most of the scleral tissue, leaving a thin intact layer which transforms the safety of the procedure to a higher level. The remaining layer is thin enough to allow the internal eye fluid to percolate through, thus relieving the eye of the inner excessive pressure. Because infrared CO2 laser radiation is absorbed and blocked by nature by aqueous solutions, the laser energy does not penetrate into the eye. Therefore the remaining thin scleral layer remains intact, reducing the likelihood of surgery complications, adverse events and side effects.
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Key Benefits

Key Benefits

IOPtima CO2 Laser-Assisted Sclerectomy Surgery (CLASS):

The CLASS procedure requires local anesthesia, is performed as an outpatient procedure, and has minimal side effects, which are for the most part transient. At the same time, the CLASS procedure is highly efficacious, with a minimal learning curve.

 

 

Differentiation from Trabeculectomy

Unlike Trabeculectomy, CLASS is non-invasive by nature and does not result in the perforation of any tissue. CLASS provides surgeons with enhanced control, regulation, and therefore safety during the surgery. Because CLASS doesn’t penetrate into the eye like Trabeculectomy, the level of complications or potential side effects is much lower and the postoperative care following surgery requires significantly fewer office visits.

Differentiation from Minimally-Invasive Devices (Shunts, GDD’s)

These stent-like devices were developed in order to regulate the manual trabeculectomy, creating a standardized canal for Aqueus Humor percolation. However, these are foreign bodies that can migrate, encourage inflammation, and in some rare cases get blocked.

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