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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Surgical fiber coupled laser

Zecotek Photonics Inc. announces the introduction of its SL 1.4 Fiber Coupled Laser, designed specifically for surgical applications in the ophthalmic market where it can be used for a variety of coagulatory procedures.

Zecotek's SL 1.4 Laser utilizes a proprietary design and offers a more effective and less expensive solution than presently used holmium lasers. The 1.4 micron wavelength can be used for a variety of coagulatory surgical procedures including Laser Thermal Keratoplasty (LTK), a refractive surgical procedure which uses an infrared laser to reshape the cornea for correction of low ranges of hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia (age-related loss of focus) and over-corrections from radial keratotomy and LASIK procedures. The company is currently preparing for filing for patent protection in a number of jurisdictions.

LTK treatment is differentiated from LASIK and similar procedures in that it reshapes the cornea but does not cause permanent tissue loss. The Excimer laser used in LASIK treatments emits in the deep Ultra-violet wavelengths and uses a cool beam to vaporize corneal tissue. The 1.4 micron laser line matches the absorption spectrum of water in the cornea and is considered a safer and more compatible wavelength.