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-- Glaucoma key opinion leaders join ELT Sight to advance ExTra ELT --
ELT Sight, Inc. today announced the creation of their Scientific Advisory Board. The group of internationally recognized ophthalmic and glaucoma key opinion leaders will collaborate with ELT Sight to bring the company’s ExTra ELT device, which has already received a CE mark in Europe, into clinical testing in the United States and to expand its international use. The ExTra ELT laser device is used to lower intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma following an excimer laser precision-based method.
ELT Sight recently announced that in the largest published study to date on ELT, the ExTra ELT procedure plus cataract surgery was superior to ab interno trabeculectomy with the Trabectome plus cataract surgery in survival analysis.
“We are excited to bring together this group of world-renowned glaucoma specialists,” said Elliot Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of ELT Sight. “Their expertise and leadership in the ophthalmology field will help propel us closer to clinical testing of ExTra ELT in 2020 and regulatory approval in the U.S.,” he added.
Members of the Scientific Advisory Board include:
Dr. Ike Ahmed stated, “Using the precision and microinvasive qualities of excimer laser technology, ELT holds promise as a microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) procedure. Currently available evidence shows an intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering effect from ELT alone or in combination with cataract surgery with encouraging results across different studies and patient populations and a favorable safety profile.”
“ELT has several potential advantages, including that it does not rely on a permanent device inserted into the anterior chamber or destroy the outflow pathway as with trabectome and some goniotomies,” commented Dr. Fea.
Dr. Valladares added, “ELT is a non-implant-dependent MIGS technique that offers a wide range of advantages over other trabecular techniques, with a high safety profile, a short learning curve and a proven long-term efficacy, which is easily combinable with cataract surgery and which does not compromise the success of future filtering surgeries.”
About ELT Sight
ELT Sight, Inc., based in Los Angeles and Munich, Germany, is focused on effective, safe and longer-term microinvasive glaucoma surgery with its ExTra excimer laser trabeculostomy (ELT) device. Sustained intraocular pressure reduction and decreased medication use have been shown across multiple European studies with ExTra ELT, which received a CE Mark in 2014. ELT Sight plans to begin clinical studies of ExTra ELT in the United States in 2020. ELT Sight was spun out of MLase AG, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative laser systems. For more information visit https://www.eltsight.com
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