Abbott, Carl Zeiss Meditec enter distribution agreement for laser cataract surgery product portfolio

Abbott Medical Optics (Santa Ana, CA) and Carl Zeiss Meditec (Jena, Germany) have entered into a nonexclusive agreement in which Abbott will offer each company's suite of laser cataract surgery products when developing clinical and contracting solutions with customers in the U.S. The offering, including synergistic diagnostics, visualization systems, lens extraction systems, and intraocular lenses (IOLs), provides surgeons with access to a complete cataract surgery portfolio to assist them in maximizing visual outcomes and streamlining patient flow.

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The Abbott cataract portfolio includes the Catalys laser cataract technology, Tecnis family of monofocal, toric, and multifocal IOLs, Whitestar Signature phacoemulsification lens removal system, Healon viscoelastics, and various related adjuncts and accessories used in ocular surgery.

The Zeiss Cataract Suite Markerless products in this collaboration include the IOLMaster optical biometer, FORUM data management system, CALLISTO eye computer-assisted cataract surgery system and the OPMI Lumera family of surgical microscopes. These products are designed to work together, allowing the surgeon to skip the manual steps of marking the cornea prior to cataract surgery and data transfer among products.

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