Patent Number: 6,569,153

Title: Multi-function surgical instrument for facilitating ophthalmic lasersurgery

Abstract: A multi-function surgical instrument for facilitating ophthalmic surgery ofthe eye by laser means. Included are a lower ring and an upper ring. Oneor two intermediate rings may also be included. The lower ring includes acentral aperture to capture the limbus and aid in positioning of the eye.Protuberances on the lower surface of said ring, application of vacuumbetween the lower surface of the ring and the eye, or both may be used tomore firmly grip the eye. Ports disposed on the upper surface of the lowerring and connected to a vacuum source may be used to control hydration ofthe surgical field. Attached to and extending above the upper surface ofthe lower ring is a sterile platform for reposing temporarily removedtissues during the administration of laser pulses to other tissues. Theupper ring is disposed above the surgical bed. Ports disposed along saidupper ring and connected to a vacuum source may be used to control smokeand splatters resulting from the ablative procedure and create additionalairflow to further control hydration of the surgical field. One, or two,intermediate rings, proximate the upper ring, may be employed to dispenseirrigating liquids, gases such as air or oxygen, or both liquids and gasesas may be desired onto open tissues of the eye proximate to the lower ringbelow.

Inventors: LaHaye; Leon C. (Arnaudville, LA)


International Classification: A61F 9/009 (20060101); A61F 9/007 (20060101); A61B 18/00 (20060101); A61F 9/01 (20060101); A61B 018/18 ()

Expiration Date: 05/22015