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Opthalmic Sugery Lens

APPLICATION:

A lens to couple the output from a tungsten source to an incoherent fiber bundle as efficiently as possible.

CHALLENGE:

To increase the illumination of a fiber bundle without increasing the wattage of the tungsten bulb (which was prohibited by FDA compliance).

SOLUTION:

Design:The resultant lens provided the brightest output of any similar device on the market.
Additional Benefits::Because the fiber was so bright, the fiber bundle size could be decreased. This led to using no stitches in the post-operative process (instead of multiple stitches as used in the past), which cut down on recovery time and costs.
Prototypes:All prototypes built in house and accepted by the customer.
Production:Nearly 1000 lenses were manufactured during the lifetime of the contract.
Assembly & Testing:Moved from the customer’s site to COI due to the accuracy of the required testing.
Cost Reduction:COI met cost objectives by shifting tolerances without compromising overall performance.