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Visitec® I-Ring™ Pupil Expander To Be Launched at the 2015 American Society Of Cataract And Refractive Surgery Symposium And Congress I-Ring™ Pupil Expander offers a safe, simple, and innovative solution for intraoperative small pupil management

Waltham, MA, April 17, 2015 — Beaver Visitec International, Inc. (BVI), a global leader of high-quality and world renowned brands for ophthalmic and microsurgical procedures, announced today that the Visitec® I-Ring™ Pupil Expander will be unveiled at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) in San Diego, CA, April 17-21, 2015.

The Visitec I-Ring Pupil Expander is a single-use iris retraction device for intraoperative small pupil management. It is designed to safely expand the iris to increase the surgeon's field of view and improve access to the lens of the eye while protecting the iris.

“We are excited to bring the latest innovation in intraoperative small pupil management to market. The Visitec I-Ring Pupil Expander is a simple, safe and innovative solution that helps maintain an optimal field of view during ophthalmic surgery without compromising intraocular tissue safety,” said Tom Kapfer, President and CEO of BVI. “This new product offering furthers our commitment to providing high-quality, innovative solutions that improve safety and provide better outcomes for surgeons and patients.“

The Visitec I-Ring Pupil Expander is designed for safety, comfort and ease of use. The I-Ring is made of soft, resilient polyurethane material that is gentle on intraocular tissue. Insertion, engagement, and removal are single-handed. The fixed channel height prevents pinching of the iris during the insertion and removal steps, and safe positioning holes further protect the iris from potential damage. The I-Ring's complete (360°) engagement with the iris provides consistent pupil expansion without distortion. The uniform field of view is 6.3mm, with an aperture shape that helps guide the capsulorhexis. Overall, the learning curve for the surgical team is minimal.

BVI will host speaker presentations on the latest innovations in intraoperative small pupil management at their ASCRS booth, #2421, on the following days:

Saturday, April 18th

  • 10:00 am – presented by Roberto Pineda, MD
  • 2:00 pm – presented by Kenneth R. Kenyon, MD

Sunday, April 19th

  • 10:00 am – presented by Kenneth R. Kenyon, MD
  • 2:00 pm – presented by Kenneth R. Kenyon, MD

Monday, April 20th

  • 10:00 am – presented by Roberto Pineda, MD
  • 2:00 pm – presented by Kenneth R. Kenyon, MD

"Having dealt for a decade with the challenges of IFIS and other small pupil situations, it is clearly time for an advance in surgical management strategies. Having also been involved with the Visitec I-Ring through its design, development and now clinical application, I am most impressed with its safety, consistency and reliability. The Visitec I-Ring superbly represents the next generation of intraoperative pupil expansion devices", stated Kenneth R. Kenyon, MD, BVI Consulting Medical Director, and Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Tufts and Harvard Medical Schools, Boston.

Additional information about Beaver Visitec International, Inc. and the Visitec I-Ring will be available to ASCRS attendees at the BVI Booth # 2421.

About Beaver-Visitec International

Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, Beaver-Visitec International is a global manufacturer, developer and marketer of ophthalmic and other specialty microsurgical products. BVI offers products and services for all aspects of Ophthalmic Surgery, including Cataract, Refractive, Oculoplastic, and Vitreoretinal sub-specialties with highly trusted brands such as Beaver®, Visitec®, CustomEyes®Kits, Readypak™ Kits, Visc™, MultiVisc™, Aqueo Premium™ Balanced Saline Solutions, OcuSeal® Liquid Ocular Bandages, Merocel® and Weck-Cel® fluid control products, Wet-Field® Eraser® electrosurgery products, Parasol® Punctal Occluders, and Endo Optiks® microendoscopy products. BVI products are distributed in over ninety countries worldwide with a sales force recognized throughout the industry for their clinical expertise and outstanding customer service. With manufacturing locations in different parts of the world, including the US and UK, BVI maintains ISO-9001 and ISO-13485 certified quality standards for its FDA-registered manufacturing plant, with the UK facility acting as the authorized EU representative for CE mark purposes. More information about BVI and its products can be found at www.beaver-visitec.com.

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