Patents Assigned to Iridex Corporation
  • Patent number: 10369049
    Abstract: A treatment probe for treating an eye of a patient includes an elongate body that defines a handle and a treatment fiber that is housed within the elongate body. The treatment fiber is configured to deliver treatment light energy to the eye. A contact member is disposed on an end of the elongate body. The contact member has a contact surface for positioning on a surface of the eye, two side edges that are positioned on opposite sides of the contact surface, and a fluid channel. The contact surface conforms to the shape of the eye's sclera and the two side edges are shaped to direct fluid that is present on the surface of the eye toward the fluid channel when the contact member is moved laterally across the surface of the eye. The fluid aggregates within the fluid channel and contacts a distal end of the treatment fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Howard Chen, George Marcellino
  • Patent number: 10292868
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for treating a glaucomatous eye are provided. An amount of pulsed laser energy is delivered to the pars plana of the eye by a hand-holdable device which comprises a hand-holdable elongate member and a contact member disposed on an end of the elongate member. A contact surface of the contact member is placed in direct contact with the eye so that a reference edge of the contact member aligns with the limbus and a treatment axis defined by the elongate member is angularly offset from the optical axis of the eye. The amount of pulsed laser energy delivered is insufficient to effect therapeutic photocoagulation but is sufficient to increase uveoscleral outflow so as to maintain a reduction from pre-laser treatment intraocular pressure. Amounts of pulsed laser energy will be transmitted to a circumferential series of tissue regions of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: IRIDEX Corporation, National University Hospital (Singapore), National University Hospital (Singapore) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Paul T. K. Chew, David M. Buzawa, Giorgio Dorin
  • Patent number: 10238541
    Abstract: The procedures described herein may involve using one or more treatment beams to induce one or more therapeutic benefits. In some embodiments, a series of short duration light pulses may be delivered to ocular tissue at a plurality of target locations with a thermal relaxation time delay to limit the temperature rise of the target ocular tissue and thereby limit a thermal effect to only a desired portion of the ocular tissue. The thermal relaxation time delay may be roughly equivalent to a duration of a scan of the treatment beam between each of the target locations. Such procedures may be used to treat diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and/or other conditions of the eye. The treatment beam may be delivered at each target location within a sufficiently short duration so as to produce a visual appearance of a treatment pattern on the ocular tissue of the patient's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Kingman Yee, Ronald Avisa, Michael Miu
  • Patent number: 10238540
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems for treating the retina and/or other areas of a patient's eye. The procedures may involve using one or more treatment beams (e.g., lasers) to cause photocoagulation or laser coagulation to finely cauterize ocular blood vessels and/or prevent blood vessel growth to induce one or more therapeutic benefits. In other embodiments, a series of short duration light pulses (e.g., between 5-15 microseconds) may be delivered to the retinal tissue with a thermal relaxation time delay between the pulse to limit the temperature rise of the target retinal tissue and thereby limit a thermal effect to only the retinal pigment epithelial layer. Such procedures may be used to treat diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and/or other conditions of the eye. The treatment beam may be delivered within a treatment boundary or pattern defined on the retina of the patient's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Kingman Yee, David Buzawa
  • Patent number: 9857666
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods and devices for mounting an image capture device to an optical viewing instrument such as a microscope, telescope, or binocular. More specifically, some embodiments of the present invention relate to an apparatus for mounting a smart phone to an observation tube of microscope. The optical viewing instrument may have an observation tube and an ocular attached thereto. The adapter may include an observation tube ring mount configured to be installed on the observation tube. An observation tube mount may be configured to engage with the installed ring mount. An image capture device holder may be configured to couple with the observation tube mount and configured to receive an image capture device. The image capture device may be a common device such as a smart phone. Optionally, a window may be included in the observation tube mount to facilitate viewing of ocular indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: IRIDEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron Coppage, Alexander Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9707129
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for treating the retina and/or other areas of a patient's eye. The procedures may involve using one or more treatment beams (e.g., lasers) to cause photocoagulation or laser coagulation to finely cauterize ocular blood vessels and/or prevent blood vessel growth to induce one or more therapeutic benefits. In other embodiments, a series of short duration light pulses (e.g., between 5-15 microseconds) may be delivered to the retinal tissue with a thermal relaxation time delay between the pulse to limit the temperature rise of the target retinal tissue and thereby limit a thermal effect to only the retinal pigment epithelial layer. Such procedures may be used to treat diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and/or other conditions of the eye. The treatment beam may be delivered within a treatment boundary or pattern defined on the retina of the patient's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventor: Kingman Yee
  • Patent number: 9700461
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for treating a glaucomatous eye are provided. Embodiments may provide a treatment probe for treating an eye of a patient. The treatment probe may have an elongate body with a contact surface at a distal end of the elongate body. A treatment fiber or light source may be housed in the treatment probe and may be configured to direct treatment energy from the contact surface. The contact surface may be configured to couple to a surface of the eye to deliver the energy into the target area. In many embodiments the contact surface may have a convex configuration with a rounded outer shape and edge that facilitates the sweeping of the probe surface across the eye during treatment delivery. In some embodiments the probe may be swept in arc motions while delivering treatment energy to the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: IRIDEX Corporation, National University Hospital (Singapore) PTE Ltd, National University of Singapore
    Inventors: David Buzawa, Paul T. K. Chew
  • Patent number: 9629749
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates systems, methods, and devices for treating an eye of a patient. In some embodiments, a system may be provided that includes a console for generating a treatment laser and an illumination light. The system may further include a treatment probe for delivering the illumination light to an eye so as to illuminate the ciliary process of the eye. With the illuminated ciliary process, the treatment probe may be aligned to deliver the treatment laser from the console to the ciliary process of the eye for the purpose of treating a patient for glaucoma. In some embodiments, a treatment probe may be provided with an illumination fiber for delivering light to specific portions of the eye or at desired angles in order to illuminate the ciliary process. In some embodiments a treatment probe may be configured to cooperate with a removable light pen for eye illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Steven D. Vold, Kenneth A. Peartree, David Buzawa
  • Patent number: 9307985
    Abstract: Improved tissue fasteners are disclosed that can be inserted into (and optionally through) tissue structures underlying a tissue surface for affixing overlapping tissues and tissue planes together, and the like. In some embodiments, an elongate anvil body may protrude distally and/or laterally from a fastener support disposed along the base. The anvil body may have a sharpened end and be configured to penetrate into the tissue, with the elongate anvil body optionally having a bend from a more distal orientation adjacent the clip support to a more lateral orientation adjacent the sharpened end during at least a portion of the deployment. The first leg can be driven through a desired location on the surface of the first tissue and against a receptacle of the anvil body so as to deform the fastener and affix it to the first tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Steven D. Vold, Kenneth A. Peartree, Timothy D. Buckley, Aaron Feustel
  • Patent number: 9278029
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for treating the retina and/or other areas of a patient's eye. The procedures may involve using one or more treatment beams (e.g., lasers) to cause photocoagulation or laser coagulation to finely cauterize ocular blood vessels and/or prevent blood vessel growth to induce one or more therapeutic benefits. In other embodiments, a series of short duration light pulses (e.g., between 5-15 microseconds) may be delivered to the retinal tissue with a thermal relaxation time delay between the pulse to limit the temperature rise of the target retinal tissue and thereby limit a thermal effect to only the retinal pigment epithelial layer. Such procedures may be used to treat diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and/or other conditions of the eye. The treatment beam may be delivered within a treatment boundary or pattern defined on the retina of the patient's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Kingman Yee, Dave Buzuwa
  • Patent number: 9265656
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for treating the retina and/or other areas of a patient's eye. The procedures may involve using one or more treatment beams (e.g., lasers) to cause photocoagulation or laser coagulation to finely cauterize ocular blood vessels and/or prevent blood vessel growth to induce one or more therapeutic benefits. In other embodiments, a series of short duration light pulses (e.g., between 5-15 microseconds) may be delivered to the retinal tissue with a thermal relaxation time delay between the pulse to limit the temperature rise of the target retinal tissue and thereby limit a thermal effect to only the retinal pigment epithelial layer. Such procedures may be used to treat diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and/or other conditions of the eye. The treatment beam may be delivered within a treatment boundary or pattern defined on the retina of the patient's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventor: Kingman Yee
  • Patent number: 9241831
    Abstract: Drainage of aqueous from the anterior chamber of the eye can be facilitated by a malleable hollow clip or staple that can be formed to attach to ophthalmic tissue and provide intra-luminal flow of aqueous through the clip. In addition, the clip can be adjusted to modulate the outflow rate of aqueous, both during the initial surgical procedure as well as on a post-procedure basis. Furthermore, an instrument is described in which the forceps of the clip delivery device reside inside the lumen of hollow clip during deployment and manipulation. Features of an instrument are designed to secure the clip to the delivery forceps and prevent tissue blockage of the clip lumens. The clips may be color-matched to the underlying tissue for the purpose of camouflage and may carry pharmaceuticals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Peartree, Tim Buckley, Aaron Feustel
  • Patent number: 9122131
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods and devices for mounting an image capture device to an optical viewing instrument such as a microscope, telescope, or binocular. More specifically, some embodiments of the present invention relate to an apparatus for mounting a smart phone to an observation tube of microscope. The optical viewing instrument may have an observation tube and an ocular attached thereto. The adapter may include an observation tube ring mount configured to be installed on the observation tube. An observation tube mount may be configured to engage with the installed ring mount. An image capture device holder may be configured to couple with the observation tube mount and configured to receive an image capture device. The image capture device may be a common device such as a smart phone. Optionally, a window may be included in the observation tube mount to facilitate viewing of ocular indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Coppage, Alexander Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9004780
    Abstract: An identification assembly for use with a fiber-optic connector includes a non-conducting over-nut, an electrical assembly disposed at the proximal end of the over-nut, and an RFID tag supported by the distal end of the over-nut. The over-nut is configured to surround and couple with the fiber-optic connector. The electrical assembly includes a first electrical contact configured to electrically connect to the fiber-optic connector, a second electrical contact configured for electrical engagement with a contact portion of a light source assembly, and one or more electrical components coupled between the first and second contacts and providing a defined electrical characteristic. The identification assembly enables identification using either electrical-characteristic based or RFID-based identification approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Kingman Yee, Ronald Avisa
  • Patent number: 8945103
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for treating a glaucomatous eye are provided. An amount of pulsed laser energy is delivered to the pars plana of the eye by a hand-holdable device which comprises a hand-holdable elongate member and a contact member disposed on an end of the elongate member. A contact surface of the contact member is placed in direct contact with the eye so that a reference edge of the contact member aligns with the limbus and a treatment axis defined by the elongate member is angularly offset from the optical axis of the eye. The amount of pulsed laser energy delivered is insufficient to effect therapeutic photocoagulation but is sufficient to increase uveoscleral outflow so as to maintain a reduction from pre-laser treatment intraocular pressure. Amounts of pulsed laser energy will be transmitted to a circumferential series of tissue regions of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Paul T. K. Chew, David M. Buzawa, Giorgio Dorin
  • Publication number: 20140362283
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods and devices for mounting an image capture device to an optical viewing instrument such as a microscope, telescope, or binocular. More specifically, some embodiments of the present invention relate to an apparatus for mounting a smart phone to an observation tube of microscope. The optical viewing instrument may have an observation tube and an ocular attached thereto. The adapter may include an observation tube ring mount configured to be installed on the observation tube. An observation tube mount may be configured to engage with the installed ring mount. An image capture device holder may be configured to couple with the observation tube mount and configured to receive an image capture device. The image capture device may be a common device such as a smart phone. Optionally, a window may be included in the observation tube mount to facilitate viewing of ocular indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Coppage, Alexander Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20140228824
    Abstract: The procedures described herein may involve using one or more treatment beams to induce one or more therapeutic benefits. In some embodiments, a series of short duration light pulses may be delivered to ocular tissue at a plurality of target locations with a thermal relaxation time delay to limit the temperature rise of the target ocular tissue and thereby limit a thermal effect to only a desired portion of the ocular tissue. The thermal relaxation time delay may be roughly equivalent to a duration of a scan of the treatment beam between each of the target locations. Such procedures may be used to treat diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and/or other conditions of the eye. The treatment beam may be delivered at each target location within a sufficiently short duration so as to produce a visual appearance of a treatment pattern on the ocular tissue of the patient's eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Kingman Yee, Ronald Avisa, Michael Miu
  • Publication number: 20140175157
    Abstract: Improved tissue fasteners are disclosed that can be inserted into (and optionally through) tissue structures underlying a tissue surface for affixing overlapping tissues and tissue planes together, and the like. In some embodiments, an elongate anvil body may protrude distally and/or laterally from a fastener support disposed along the base. The anvil body may have a sharpened end and be configured to penetrate into the tissue, with the elongate anvil body optionally having a bend from a more distal orientation adjacent the clip support to a more lateral orientation adjacent the sharpened end during at least a portion of the deployment. The first leg can be driven through a desired location on the surface of the first tissue and against a receptacle of the anvil body so as to deform the fastener and affix it to the first tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Steven D. Vold, Kenneth A. Peartree, Timothy D. Buckley, Aaron Feustel
  • Publication number: 20140086535
    Abstract: An identification assembly for use with a fiber-optic connector includes a non-conducting over-nut, an electrical assembly disposed at the proximal end of the over-nut, and an RFID tag supported by the distal end of the over-nut. The over-nut is configured to surround and couple with the fiber-optic connector. The electrical assembly includes a first electrical contact configured to electrically connect to the fiber-optic connector, a second electrical contact configured for electrical engagement with a contact portion of a light source assembly, and one or more electrical components coupled between the first and second contacts and providing a defined electrical characteristic. The identification assembly enables identification using either electrical-characteristic based or RFID-based identification approaches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Iridex Corporation
    Inventors: Kingman Yee, Ronald Avisa
  • Publication number: 20140052046
    Abstract: Drainage of aqueous from the anterior chamber of the eye can be facilitated by a malleable hollow clip or staple that can be formed to attach to ophthalmic tissue and provide intra-luminal flow of aqueous through the clip. In addition, the clip can be adjusted to modulate the outflow rate of aqueous, both during the initial surgical procedure as well as on a post-procedure basis. Furthermore, an instrument is described in which the forceps of the clip delivery device reside inside the lumen of hollow clip during deployment and manipulation. Features of an instrument are designed to secure the clip to the delivery forceps and prevent tissue blockage of the clip lumens. The clips may be color-matched to the underlying tissue for the purpose of camouflage and may carry pharmaceuticals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: IRIDEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Peartree, Tim Buckely, Aaron Feustel