Accelerated Growth with IntraLase(R) in 2007



    'Bladeless' LASIK Procedure Sets New Industry Standard for Safety &
    Outcomes

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Few technologies, in the history of Canadian
refractive surgery, have experienced as rapid an adoption as the 'bladeless'
IntraLase(R) procedure. In the span of three years, 30 out of an estimated
75 laser vision correction centres (or 40%) have switched to the IntraLase
Method(TM). This trend has shown no signs of slowing down, with a
record-breaking thirteen centres converting to IntraLase in 2007 alone. By
2008, it is estimated that 1 in every 3 LASIK procedures in Canada will be
performed with IntraLase.
    IntraLase centres are reporting significant growth. With the improved
safety & outcomes of the femtosecond laser, patients are more comfortable and
confident with their choice to have LASIK. An increase in consumer confidence,
in turn, has helped to restore positive growth rates. A recent survey revealed
IntraLase centres, on average, have increased their LASIK procedure volumes by
10%.
    "IntraLase provides a level of safety, precision and flexibility
never-before-available to the LASIK surgeon," says Jay Herman, President of
Sigmacon Medical Products. "With micron-level accuracy," he explains, "the
surgeon is now able to consistently reproduce a smoother, more uniform flap.
This not only avoids complications typically associated with the hand-held
blade (or mechanical microkeratome), but also helps to improve visual outcomes
by reducing the number of aberrations, or small imperfections on the eyes
surface."
    "I often draw the analogy of the IntraLase procedure to that of the
airbag", Mr. Herman adds. "Modern day consumers, although they may never have
a car accident, are risk averse and demand the additional safety airbags
provide. Similarly, IntraLase meets the demand for increased safety during the
LASIK procedure. And why not, your vision is worth protecting."

    About The IntraLase Procedure

    The LASIK procedure is a highly evolved, safe procedure. However, until
the introduction of IntraLase, LASIK was not an all-laser procedure, and the
risks associated with the use of a hand-held blade (or mechanical
microkeratome) have kept many patients from considering LASIK. With the
improved safety and outcomes of the IntraLase laser, numerous patients
previously fearful of laser vision correction are now choosing to have
'blade-free' LASIK.
    Tiny pulses of laser light pass harmlessly through the outer portion of
your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the
surface of your eye. Just prior to LASIK surgery, the doctor can lift the
corneal flap by gently and easily separating the tissue where these bubbles
have formed. The process from start to finish takes approximately 15-25
seconds.





For further information:

For further information: Terry O'Reilly, Sigmacon Medical Products
Corp., Toll-free: 1-800-898-7455, www.intralasik.ca, www.lasikflapfacts.com

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