New Technology Represents First True Yellow Laser with CW-Pulse(TM) and MicroPulse(TM) Delivery
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IRIDEX Corporation, (Nasdaq: IRIX) today announced the commencement of shipments to customers of the IQ 577 laser systems. The IQ 577 is a high-power, true yellow (577 nm wavelength) laser system for use by ophthalmologists to treat sight-threatening eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.
The IQ 577 offers tangible benefits to both patient and physician. Patients benefit from less discomfort. The higher inherent absorption in blood, together with the lower scattering of the 577 nm yellow laser wavelength, compared with 532 nm green laser systems, helps to reduce the therapeutic power requirements and resultant patient discomfort. Physicians benefit from efficiencies due to its easy to understand user interface, wireless foot pedal control with power adjust capability, and audible confirmation of adjustments.
"The 577 nm laser wavelength previously was available to ophthalmologists only in argon-pumped dye laser systems," commented Theodore A. Boutacoff, President and CEO. "These argon-pumped dye laser systems, now obsolete, were popular at one time; however, they were large, had high electrical power demands, required circulating water for cooling, and were expensive to maintain and service. In contrast, we have directed our company's experience and expertise to develop the IQ 577, reintroducing this laser wavelength to clinicians in a modern product utilizing reliable and efficient solid-state laser technology. The integration of MicroPulse technology into the IQ 577 ensures that it will satisfy not only today's clinical requirements, but also those of the future. Also in contrast
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