Zeiss has unveiled what it says is the first digital microscope in ophthalmic surgery, and an all-in-one, high-resolution, ultra-widefield imaging device it says allows specialists to manage all fundus imaging modalities in one session without having to reposition the patient.
Presenting the Artevo 800 and Clarus 700 at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) in San Diego earlier this month, Zeiss’s head of ophthalmic devices, Jim Mazzo, said the devices heralded “a new era of visualisation in ophthalmology”.
Artevo 800 came with a new digital optics feature, Mazzo said, which provided unmatched depth of field. “The Artevo 800 is going to revolutionise visualisation, information, comfort and workflow in the operating room.” The device also had drastically reduced light intensity requirements and real colour impression for increased certainty and provided digital assistance and detailed information to surgical vision in real-time, he added, saying the Artevo 800 also connected via the cloud to the Zeiss Cataract Suite, allowing surgeons to access patient data remotely.
The Clarus 700 combined ultra-widefield imaging, excellent image quality and a full range of fundus imaging modalities, including fundus angiography, Zeiss said. It used a fast and easy workflow with a simple interface and time-saving data and provided a comprehensive fundus exam and assistance with diagnoses, treatment planning, and disease management, it added. Retina specialists could visualise changes with high-resolution details from the posterior pole to the periphery, it said, and could also quantify disease progression in high resolution ultra-widefield images.
Zeiss said the Clarus 700 should be available to customers in New Zealand and Australia in the next month or two with the Artevo 800 here around September. Both will be on show at the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (AUSCRS) conference in Queenstown in July, it confirmed.