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Founded: 1997
Founders: Ron Kurtz, Tibor Juhasz
Product/Service: Developed automated procedure for laser vision correction known as "IntraLasik" or "Bladeless Lasik"
Acquired By: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. Mar 2007
Advanced Medical Optics was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in February 2009
Abbott Medical Optics Inc. became Abbott’s eye care unit

IntraLase designs, develops, and manufactures an ultra-fast laser that is revolutionizing refractive and corneal surgery by creating safe and more precise corneal incisions. Delivering on the promise of ophthalmic laser technology, the IntraLase FS laser, related software, and disposable devices replace the hand-held microkeratome blade used during LASIK surgery. The unsurpassed accuracy of IntraLase's computer-controlled femtosecond laser has been shown to improve safety profiles and visual outcomes when used during LASIK. Additionally, the IntraLase FS laser creates precision-designed intracorneal incisions that when combined can be used during lamellar and penetrating keratoplasty, and intrastromal ring implantation. IntraLase is presently in the process of commercializing applications of its technology in the treatment of corneal diseases that require corneal transplant surgery. [AMO Website, Press Releases]

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cataract and refractive surgery todayMar 2011

The Origins of Laser Cataract Surgery

This year, the technology behind one of the most anticipated advances in years—laser cataract surgery—begins its transition from testing laboratories to physicians’ offices. The precision of femtosecond lasers in cataract surgery is expected to enhance outcomes in practically all areas of measurement, especially with premium IOLs, which depend on a well-centered capsulotomy. The three major players in the laser cataract surgery market are Alcon, Inc. (Hünenberg, Switzerland), which purchased LenSx Lasers, Inc.; LensAR, Inc. (Winter Park, FL); and OptiMedica Corp. (Santa Clara, CA). These companies plan to commercially launch their devices this year and will go down as the pioneers of the technology. The path each company took to make it to commercialization, however, was unique.ed methods for using miniature, wireless, batteryless, implantable sensors anchored within the heart, as well as other organs, for non-invasive monitoring of cardiovascular biological pressures.

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diamond vision logoJan 4, 2007

"Bladeless" IntraLase LASIK Adopted by U.S. Military

GREENWICH, CT — IntraLase Corp. announced recently that it has won a Department of Defense deal where all branches of the military will use the IntraLase vision correction method.

The five-year contract with the Defense Logistics Agency is valued at up to $45 million. The federal agency said it will use the IntraLase method for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. On December 11th, 2006, IntraLase Corp. announced the first-time use of its technology on a naval aviator.

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© Diamond Vision Press Release

tech transfer logo"A computer driven, high precision scalpel for eye surgery" is how entrepreneur and UM Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology Ronald M. Kurtz describes the INTRALASE® FS Laser. As the newest product available from IntraLase Corp., a company he co-founded in 1997 with then UM colleague Tibor Juhasz, PhD, the laser was introduced early last year for use in corneal transplants and vision correction procedures. The INTRALASE FS replaces a mechanical device known as a microkeratome, enabling ophthalmic surgeons to create a corneal flap—the first step in any LASIK procedure—with maximum accuracy and virtually no trauma to the outer surface of the cornea.

The technology behind the INTRALASE FS laser was the result of a close collaboration between researchers at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Sciences (CUOS) and physicians and researchers at the UM Kellogg Eye Center. The femto-second laser, pioneered at CUOS, provided significant benefits when applied to new techniques for laser eye surgery in collaborative work with the researchers of the Kellogg Eye Center. Other laser-enhanced ophthalmic applications are now in the process of being explored and tested.

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