Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Jeffrey S. Schira
  • Patent number: 7400752
    Abstract: An improved computer based surgical video overlay system that allows relevant surgical data from a surgical apparatus to be combined as a graphic image with the video image of a surgical procedure in which the data from the surgical apparatus is sent wireless to the video overlay console. Elimination of the data cable between the surgical apparatus and the video overlay console is advantageous in an operating room environment. The same computer based surgical video overlay system runs computer program that occupies a user interface to allows definition of operation modes, input of relevant data, selection of data overlay graphic screen templates and various methods for customization. A time coded-data file is created and stored including all the relevant parameters of a surgical procedure. This file contains the same time-code included in the graphic image overlaid in the surgical video signal. An precise match can be performed between the recorded data on file and the surgical video recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Alcon Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jaime Zacharias
  • Patent number: 7350916
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provide an ophthalmic lens (e.g., an IOL) that includes an optic having an anterior optical surface and a posterior optical surface, where the optic provides an optical power in a range of about 16 D to about 25 D as measured in a medium having an index of refraction substantially similar to that of the eye's aqueous humor (e.g., about 1.336). At least one of the optical surfaces is characterized by an aspherical base profile such that the optic exhibits a negative spherical aberration in a range of about ?0.202 microns to about ?0.190 microns across the power range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Hong, Jihong Xie, Stephen J. Van Noy, Dan Stanley, Mutlu Karakelle, Xiaoxiao Zhang, Michael J. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7316713
    Abstract: A two optic accommodative lens system. The present invention also contemplates the use of a cam mechanism to adjust the distance power via adjustment of the dual lens separation when the eye is at distance vision stasis. The cam mechanism allows for distance/base power adjustment as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoxiao Zhang
  • Patent number: 7300464
    Abstract: A two or three component lens system. The first component is a ring-like supporting component that is implanted in the capsular bag following cataract surgery. The first component is a non-optical component and does not correct for any refractive errors. The first component may contains features to help reduce or eliminate PCO. The second component is an optical component that may contain all of the corrective optical power of the lens system. The second component has a pair of tabs for locking the second component within the first component. The third component is optional and is similar to second component and contains some optical power to correct for any residual optical error not corrected by the second component. The second and third components may also be implanted so as to move relative to one another, thereby providing some accommodation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventor: Son Trung Tran
  • Patent number: 7297137
    Abstract: A surgical system that is able to sense the onset of an occlusion or other surgical event as well as the instant an occlusion breaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Raphael Gordon, Michael D. Morgan
  • Patent number: 7276060
    Abstract: A surgical handpiece having a tip with at least two coaxially spaced electrically conductive tubes. The tubes are separated by an electrical insulator. The interior of the inner tube is used for aspiration of liquefied tissue. The outer tube is surrounded by a soft irrigation sleeve that forms an irrigation fluid path. The distal portion of the interior tube terminates inside of the outer tube so as to form a boiling region. Surgical fluid from the irrigation fluid path can enter the boiling region through a hole or port in the outer tube. Electrical current is passed between the inner and outer tube to rapidly boil any surgical fluid in the boiling region. The boiling fluid rapidly expands out of the ring between the tube ends and forces hot fluid to contact the targeted tissue, thereby liquefying the tissue and allowing the tissue to be aspirated. Such a construction allows the boiling chamber to be self-priming and operate even if the outer tube is occluded with material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean C. Madden
  • Patent number: 7226435
    Abstract: A syringe-like device having a chamber in which a pressurizing piston reciprocates. The chamber is connected on one end to a vial containing a drug to be delivered to an eye and on the other end to a needle or cannula for administering the drug to an eye. Pulling proximally backwards on the piston creates a vacuum in the chamber and draws the drug out of the vial. Upon release of the piston, a spring pushes the piston forward, pressurizing the chamber. Delivery of the drug is controlled by a roller pinching off a section of compliant tubing between the chamber and the cannula, with a design similar to a peristaltic pump. A one-way valve prevents the drug from being expelled back into the vial. The flow rate of the drug out of the cannula can be controlled by rotation of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence W. Darnell
  • Patent number: 7223288
    Abstract: A two-optic accommodative lens system. The first lens has a negative power and is located posteriorly within the capsular bag and laying against the posterior capsule. The periphery of the first lens contains a pair of generally T-shaped haptics oriented along a vertical meridian of the capsular bag and having a generally rectangular slot within the top portion of the “T”. The first lens further having a plurality of elongated haptics oriented along a horizontal meridian of the capsular bag. The second lens is located anteriorly to the first lens outside of the capsular bag and is of a positive power. The peripheral edge of the second lens contains a pair of encircling haptics having a notched tab sized and shape to fit within the slots in the haptics on the first lens to lock the second lens onto the first lens. Hinge structures on the encircling haptics allow the second lens to move relative to the first lens along the optical axis of the lens system in reaction to movement of the ciliary muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoxiao Zhang, Yin Yang
  • Patent number: 7185555
    Abstract: A footswitch having an adjustable treadle and a pivotable heel cup slidable retained on the treadle so as to adjustably increase or decrease a length of the treadle, the heel cup being pivotable and being prevented from sliding by a plurality of locking pins mounted on the heel cup, the locking pins fitting within locking holes in the treadle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Peterson, David Thoe, Jiansheng Zhou, Dac Vu
  • Patent number: 7156854
    Abstract: A lens delivery system having a plunger, an injector body and a nozzle portion connected to the injector body, the nozzle portion having a hinged lid and a hollow body with a lens holding platform formed beneath the hinged lid. The cartridge has an elongated nozzle tube or tip with a bore, the bore communicating with the lens holding platform. The bottom of the bore is rounded, which causes the edges of the lens between the lens haptics to fold upwardly as the lens is pushed down the bore from the platform by the plunger. A removable pin fits into the lid and prevents the lens from moving down the bore of the tip during shipment and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Brown, David A. Downer, Thomas M. Heyman
  • Patent number: 7150760
    Abstract: A two optic accommodative lens system. The first lens in the system is fixed in the anterior chamber of an eye. The second lens in the system includes a non-circular ring with radial dimensions that are different in at least two meridians and implanted in the posterior chamber of an eye within the capsular bag. The radial dimension of vertical meridian of the lens approximates the natural diameter of the capsular bag. The optic of the second lens is connected to the ring at the vertical meridian by two or more of haptics. The radial dimension of horizontal meridian of the second lens is slightly larger than the natural diameter of the capsular bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoxiao Zhang
  • Patent number: 7150530
    Abstract: The present invention provides variable spot size illuminators that provide a light spot on a treatment plane by utilizing a zoom lens to direct light received from an image of a light source formed on an intermediate image plane onto the treatment plane. The zoom lens allows varying the size of the treatment spot while ensuring that the treatment spot exhibits parfocality. An illuminator of the invention can be utilized for performing a number of ophthalmic surgical procedures, such as, photocoagulation, transpupillary thermal therapy, and photodynamic therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander N. Artsyukhovich, Bruno X. Lassalas, T. Scott Rowe, Mark Fink, Robert E. Fischer
  • Patent number: 7144403
    Abstract: A knife having a blade tip configuration that reduces incisional force by providing a more efficient distribution of tissue piercing and cutting forces over the cutting edges. The distal tip of the blade has a profile in plan view in the region of approximately 150 microns from the distal most point of the tip that may be described by the equation w=adn, where w is the distance from the blade's longitudinal axis to the blade's cutting edge, a is a constant of proportionality not greater than 0.5 and d is the distance along the blade's longitudinal axis from the extreme distal point of the blade tip. The extreme distal point of the tip has a slightly rounded, rather than pointy, profile, with a tip radius of approximately 40 microns or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Booth
  • Patent number: 7094229
    Abstract: A method of conducting traditional two-handed phacoemulsification through two relatively small incisions by using a phacoemulsification tip/sleeve with reduced diameter along with a second irrigation tip, with or without an attached manipulation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikhail Boukhny, George Brody, Grace C. Liao, Khiun F. Tjia
  • Patent number: 7070578
    Abstract: A surgical system having a cassette latching mechanism having two pivoting latching rails. The rails are connected to a rotating latching wheel by spring-loaded latching arms. The latching wheel is connected to a motor by a latching pushbar. The cassette is pressed into the rails which initiates the rotation of the rails, which close onto the cassette. The motor next rotates the latching wheel, producing cam-like movement of the latching arms and thereby further pivoting the latching rails to the fully closed and locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt D. Leukanech, Daniel J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7066923
    Abstract: A method of conducting traditional two-handed phacoemulsification through two relatively small incisions by using a phacoemulsification tip/sleeve with reduced diameter along with a second irrigation tip, with or without an attached manipulation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventor: Khiun F. Tjia
  • Patent number: 7063680
    Abstract: A method of conducting traditional two-handed phacoemulsification through two relatively small incisions by using a phacoemulsification tip/sleeve along with a second irrigation tip, with or without an attached manipulation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Lee, Grace C. Liao
  • Patent number: 7044568
    Abstract: A surgical console having a panel display mounted on a three-axis gimbel that permits articulation of the panel display via swivel, spin and tilt axes. The articulation mechanism uses two helix cable wraps with a single continuous cable that allows for large rotation of the panel display. The continuous cable simplifies construction and minimizes the electrical signal noise to the panel display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Argelio M. Olivera, Douglas T. Packard
  • Patent number: D550362
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Argelio M. Olivera, Mark J. Forchette, John C. Huculak, Roger Thomas, David Weston, Russell L. Finlay
  • Patent number: D567381
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Argelio M. Olivera, Mark J. Forchette, John C. Huculak, Roger Thomas, David Weston, Russell L. Finlay