Alcon Acquires SMI Ophthalmic Division
|November 21, 2012 12:30 AM
FORT WORTH, Texas—
Alcon has acquired the ophthalmic division of
SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), a private company based in Berlin, Germany. The purchase price was not announced.
The acquisition of SMI provides Alcon with leading ocular surgical guidance technology, such as real-time eye tracking, automatic registration of ocular imaging, and intraocular lens (IOL) positioning and alignment guidance, in order to help improve patient outcomes in cataract surgery. Alcon said it plans to integrate the newly acquired ocular surgical guidance technology into its existing global cataract portfolio. Alcon offers a complete line of surgical products for cataract surgery, including equipment for cataract procedures, as well as IOLs to treat cataracts and correct refractive errors, like presbyopia and astigmatism.
“This acquisition further strengthens Alcon’s position in the cataract surgery market with an expansion into leading ocular tracking technology,” said Sabri Markabi, senior vice president, research and development at Alcon. “The state-of-the-art guidance technology provides surgeons with customization options and automated solutions, enabling optimal outcomes for their cataract patients including underlying refractive conditions.”
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