Why Biomechanics Imaging
The inability to measure tissue biomechanics can lead to surgical surprises, lack of surgical precision, added diagnostic uncertainties, and missed diagnosis. Despite the advances and availability of corneal refractive surgery, the biomechanical properties of the pre- and post-operative cornea are not well characterized. The biomechanical properties of corneal tissue determine how it will respond and deform when placed under stress, and this process depends on the biomechanical properties of the cornea.
Individualized biomechanics imaging means that the approach we take is fitted to your individual patient's needs not the other way around there is no one-size-fits all biomechanics approach.
While biomechanics imaging is not taken in to account today, physicians use surrogate information such as age, or dynamic applanation systems with significant clinical limitations, as they provide a generalized biomechanical proxy by inference only.
Such systems fail to extract point-by-point biomechanical properties of the tissues in their physiological, untouched state and are not able to measure other ocular structures or tissues.
We believe it is important to deliver information that matters and that is taken from an individuals cornea or sclera or lens directly. This way we can track progression carefully and predict outcomes more easily.
Knowledge of biomechanics properties of ocular tissues should be considered when it comes to healing processes or progressive disease development.
The method used would need to be high specific and sensitive to measuring biomechanics specifications directly and reliably take repeatable measurements.
The inclusion of biomechanical imaging in the assessment of the cornea prior to surgery, allows you to have all the data beforehand. Once you start the surgery, you know exactly what is going to happen to the cornea and the patients refractive outcome. Today you know the likelihood that post-refractive ectasia will occur, but you don’t know when it will happen. Biomechanics imaging eliminates this element of chance involved in refractive surgery.
In conjunction with morphological data collected by routine clinical devices such as topographers, pachymeters, or OCT, BOSS™ data will complete the set of parameters to allow a complementary and complete analysis of an indivduals eye. When paired with surgical planning and guidance systems based on Finite Element Modeling, we can eliminate any doubt and for the first time build highly-predictive and deterministic outcomes.