Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems announces development activities to incorporate lenticule extraction capabilities for its flagship LDV Z8 femtosecond laser system.

“From the very first days of developing the femtosecond laser the Ziemer R&D team has continuously focused on adding new surgical applications to the femtosecond laser portfolio,” CEO and President Frank Ziemer said. “I am very proud to announce the Ziemer team has developed a new method for corneal surgery by equipping our flagship FEMTO LDV Z8 device with the capability to also perform, as a future feature, low energy lenticule extraction.

In fact, our Z8 femtosecond platform now includes low energy LASIK flaps, intrastromal pockets and rings, various keratoplasty options, full FLACS (Femto laser Assisted Cataract Surgery) capabilities with the future addition of lenticule extraction applications—an all-in-one compact and mobile femtosecond laser.”

He also added, “Besides our strong focus on the cataract femtosecond laser market, where we continue to be the leader in innovation, we have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to make significant progress in successfully implementing our low energy pulse management concept for new corneal applications.”

Further insights will be provided during the upcoming ESCRS in Vienna.

Lenticule extraction applications are currently under development and neither CE nor FDA approved and therefore not commercially available in the United States and in all other countries. An upgrade possibility for the Z8 is planned once lenticule extraction options are available and cleared by the responsible regulatory bodies.