replaced Seiichiro Matsumura, who left Alcon. Murphy joined Alcon in 1995, and has held roles of increasing responsibility across
all three Alcon businesses.
In August, Alcon agreed to acquire Wave Tec Vision, a privately
held company that developed the ORA System, the first commercialized intra-operative guidance system for cataract surgeons implanting intraocular lenses (IOLs). The ORA System,
which complements Alcon’s Verion image-guided preoperative
diagnostic system, allows surgeons to see incisions and IOL
alignment in real time to support optimal positioning of IOLs
during cataract surgery. The ORA System performs additional
measurements to confirm the surgeon’s lens selection and placement within the eye. Alcon integrated the ORA System into its
existing cataract refractive suite.
“Alcon is continuously seeking new ways to address the needs
of cataract patients, particularly those who live with astigmatism
and presbyopia,” said George. “The ORA System provides intra-
operative measurements, which are not available with current
pre-operative technologies and is designed to help surgeons
improve patient outcomes through optimal IOL selection and
placement during surgery.”
Cataracts are the leading cause of treatable blindness world-
wide. They affect more than 240 million people globally and are
widespread among people 55 years of age and older.
In November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA)
Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Committee recommended approval for Alcon’s AcrySof IQ ReSTOR Multifocal Toric Intraocular Lens (ReSTOR Toric IOL) for patients undergoing cataract
eye surgery who are astigmatic and suffer from presbyopia. The
committee agreed by a unanimous vote that the available clinical
data demonstrate a favorable benefit-risk profile. While the FDA
is not obligated to follow the recommendations of its advisory
panels, it typically does so. Final approval was received from the
agency in April.
“By combining two important technologies into one lens we
can correct cataract patients’ presbyopia as well as their astigmatism,” said Joanne Chang, M.D., Ph.D., head of U.S. clinical and
regulatory affairs at Alcon.
“There is, at present, an unmet medical need for a multifocal
intraocular lens that can correct for spherical error, astigmatism,
and near vision in a single surgical procedure for patients desiring
less dependence on spectacle correction after cataract surgery,”
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