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Meridian Medical's ophthalmic lasers launch in the US

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Meridian Medical AG announced the U.S. launch of three new ophthalmic lasers to its product lineup of Microruptor (MR) Q lasers: MR Q, MR Q SLT, and MR Q supine.

Refresh me on Meridian.

Founded in 1937 and based in Thun, Switzerland, the equipment manufacturing company designs ophthalmic laser systems for retina, glaucoma, and cataract surgery.

Most prominently, in 1982, Meridian launched the world’s first commercially-available Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet): Microruptor II.

Gotcha. Now these latest lasers…

The three newest products of the MR Q family— part of the Microruptor laser series—were cleared by the FDA in January 2024.

Side note: this follows the company receiving FDA approval in September 2023 for its Merilas line of lasers, which include four variations for glaucoma and retina treatment (see here and here).

Break them down.

The Meridian MR Q is marketed as a fully-featured and integrated Nd:YAG laser combined with a precision optics light-emitting diode (LED) slit lamp featuring a five-step magnification range from 6x up to 40x. Per Meridian, other features include:

  • Height-adjustable evaluation stand as stand-alone unit
  • Electronically-controlled anterior and posterior offset
  • Resets to 100 μm following every treatment
  • Remote access available by Meridian Medical service team

Go on…

The MR Q SLT includes a dual laser module featuring a Nd:YAG laser combined with an accurate selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) photo-regenerator.

Other highlights to note:

  • A 7-in touch display control panel, enabling the user to see the laser parameters and select between laser mode, burst, and offset options
  • As an optional feature, a V-split mirror tower allows for coaxial Nd:YAG treatments
    • Enables a red reflex that leads to retroillumination of the posterior capsule (for premium intraocular lens [IOL] treatments)

And lastly?

The MR Q supine is a fully-featured and integrated Nd:YAG laser designed to treat patients (ideal for pediatrics) in a supine position.

Features include:

  • Ergonomic 0–210° tiltable Haag-Streit binoculars to improve overall comfort / visual quality for surgeons
  • Digitally-controlled anterior and posterior offset
  • Electronically-controlled laser movements for precision laser positioning
    • Offset enables surgeon to control laser disruption precisely
    • Audible alarms sound when anterior offset is selected to minimize risk of erroneous offset selection

So where can I find these?

Click here to request more information on adding this to your practice.

And if you’re attending any of the following conferences this year, Meridian will be an exhibitor: