Elios Vision stated that its Elios technology, which is used to treat glaucoma concurrently with cataract surgery, is officially registered in the United Kingdom.
The Elios does not require an implant and is designed to provide long-lasting results that may free patients and their doctors from drop therapy.1 Elios technology uses excimer laser energy to create microscopic openings in the trabecular meshwork (TM) to re-establish the natural flow of aqueous.
“The Elios procedure is filling the gap for patients who don’t need an aggressive surgical approach, but are not doing well with drop therapy or would be much better off reducing their drop regimen,” Ike Ahmed, MD, a Canada-based ophthalmologist and world-renowned glaucoma expert, said in a company news release. “Elios has been particularly impactful for cataract surgery in my practice. It just makes sense to combine Elios with cataract surgery when you’re already going into the eye.”
“Multiple clinical studies across Europe have demonstrated that Elios has a strong efficacy and safety profile, with significant advantages over other forms of microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS),” said Elliot Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of Elios Vision.
One potential advantage Elios technology has over other forms of MIGS is that it is implant free, meaning fewer decisions for surgeons and less potential post-op trauma for patients. Furthermore, Elios’ use of an excimer laser lowers the surgery’s complexity, both intra- and post-op, as it avoids thermal or mechanical trauma.2 The ten microchannels this technology creates have proven to be effective and long-lasting for up to 8 years.2
“Cataract surgery is an opportune time to improve glaucoma control and especially to reduce the medication burden in those on chronic therapy. Elios’ excimer laser technology removes TM tissue with minimal surgical trauma, minimizing the healing response and avoiding the need to place an implant. This makes Elios a very attractive option at the time of cataract surgery,” says Prof Keith Barton, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
1. Töteberg-Harms et al. BMC Ophthalmology 2013
2. Riesen M, Funk J, Töteberg-Harms M. “Long-term treatment success and safety of combined phacoemulsification plus excimer laser trabeculostomy: an 8-year follow-up study”. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2022 Jan 16.