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BVI Announces Release of Visitec® FLACS Cannula

Waltham, MA, April 11, 2016 — Beaver Visitec International, Inc. (BVI), a global leader of high-quality and world recognized brands for ophthalmic and microsurgical procedures, has announced the global launch of a new, multi-functional cannula, designed to improve surgical efficiency and optimize clinical outcomes during femto laser assisted cataract surgery (FLACS).

The primary function of the Visitec® FLACS Cannula is to ensure all types of femto incisions (side-port, main and arcuate) are opened smoothly, easily and cleanly. The cannula’s leading edge is blunt to safeguard against stretching, distortion, or creation of a second tunnel. It is also very thin, allowing it to glide through and open femto incisions with minimal effort.

In addition, the cannula can be used to inject OVD and / or other solutions into the eye, thereby reducing the number of instrument passes into the eye and hand-offs between surgeon and scrub nurse. As a multifunctional tool, use of the Visitec® FLACS Cannula may decrease procedure time, potentially leading to increased room turn over and more efficient patient flow.

"This Visitec FLACS cannula has an outstanding tip design to ensure that opening of femtosecond laser-cut cataract incisions is both efficient and safe. In addition, I have found that my operating time has reduced because fewer instrument hand-offs are required,” said Dr Cédric Schweitzer, CHU Hopitaux de Bordeaux, France.

Because it is a single-use device supplied in a manufacturer-sealed sterile package, the Visitec® FLACS Cannula eradicates the risk of cross-contamination associated with reusable instruments and eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming sterilization protocols.

The Visitec® FLACS Cannula complements other single-use product offerings from BVI which can be used during femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. These include the 27G Visitec® Hydrodissection cannulae and blunt Capsulorhexis Forceps.

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. They offer products and services for all aspects of Ophthalmic Surgery, including Cataract, Refractive, Oculoplastic, and Vitreoretinal sub-specialties with highly trusted brands such as Beaver® knives, Visitec® cannula, CustomEyes® Kits, Merocel® and Weck-Cel® fluid control products, Wet-Field® Eraser® electrosurgery products, Parasol® punctal occluders, and the Endo Optiks® microendoscopy products. Beaver-Visitec 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 Beaver-Visitec can be found at

BVI Company Contact:
Neil Spottiswoode

Media Contact:
Deb Holliday
Tel: 412.877.4519

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