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 tailored to your individual patient's needs; there is no one-size-fits all biomechanics approach.
Currently, 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 individual’s cornea, sclera or lens directly. This way we can track progression carefully and predict outcomes more easily.
Analysis and imaging of biomechanical properties of ocular tissues should be considered when it comes to healing processes or progressive disease development.
The method used would need to be highly specific and sensitive to measuring biomechanical properties directly and reliably.
The inclusion of biomechanical analysis and imaging in the assessment of the cornea prior to surgery, allows you to incorporate unique patient data into the treatment. And increases the chances of a predictable refractive outcome. Today you know the likelihood that post-refractive ectasia will occur, but you don’t know when it will happen. Biomechanics imaging may reduce the element of chance involved in refractive surgery.
In conjunction with morphological data from topography, pachymetry, or OCT, BOSS™ data will complete the set of parameters to allow a complementary and complete analysis of an individual’s eye. When paired with surgical planning and guidance systems based on Finite Element Modeling, we can reduce the margin of error and for the first time build highly-predictive and deterministic outcomes.