Ultra Q™ the Industry's Leading Microsurgical YAG Laser

Ultra Q™ allows you to perform capsulotomy and iridotomy procedures at ultra-low energy levels and with an improved safety profile.

Considered to be the industry’s leading microsurgical YAG laser, Ultra Q™ features a patented, proprietary cavity and a custom power supply, which allow you to perform capsulotomy and iridotomy procedures at lower, more efficient power levels and with greater shot-to-shot consistency. It is also the world’s fastest YAG laser, with a firing rate of 3 shots per second.

Optimized Optics for Better Viewing

The quality and design of Ultra Q’s slit lamp optics are custom-designed for anterior YAG laser procedures. Featuring Galilean converging optics with a 16° stereoscopic angle, Ultra Q™ provides a more natural stereoscopic view combined with a small depth of field for precision focusing on structures in the anterior segment.

Unlike the standard glass components found in other YAG lasers, Ultra Q’s combination of high-grade crown glass materials and multi-layered, anti-reflection coatings on all optical components maximizes light transmission whilst minimizing dispersion to deliver better optical performance. In addition, next-generation filter technology provides the best colour balance possible.

IOL-Friendly Photodisruption

Ultra Q™ allows you to cut tissue more effectively using fewer shots and less cumulative energy – dramatically reducing the risk of IOL pitting. Featuring an Ultra Gaussian beam profile, Ultra Q™ focuses more energy into the center of the beam profile to deliver greater energy density, achieving optical breakdown (in air) of approximately 1.8mJ, in optimal conditions. This compares to other YAG lasers, which typically achieve optical breakdown (in air) of 3 to 4mJ in optimal conditions.

Accurately Position Optical Breakdown

Ultra Q’s continuously variable offset (from 100 to 500 microns) allows you to accurately set the distance between the focal plane and the position of the plasma ball – ensuring more effective and safer photodisruption. Depending on the treatment, the aiming beam focus can be placed exactly in front of, behind, or on the disruption laser focus.

In posterior capsulotomy, for example, the ideal placement of the plasma ball is slightly “posterior offset” from the target tissue to be incised, as the plasma ball creates shock waves that move back in the direction of the laser source (that is, towards the operator). This helps to ensure precise treatment whilst eliminating the risks of side effects such as IOL pitting.

Designed to Maximize Your Workflow

Ellex has integrated the laser and slit lamp for greater efficiency and reliability, as well as for improved ease of use. Ultra Q’s compact, efficient design provides you with additional working space – making it easier to align the patient and to position the contact lens. It also offers the added benefit of convenient, simultaneous access to the patient and laser controls.

Better Performance Over the Long-Term

A Q-switch is an optical component used to “gate” energy in order to generate a short, high peak-energy pulse. The Q-switching element used in Ultra Q is fabricated from highly stable, homogenous materials, which exhibit similar expansion characteristics. Unlike organic polymer materials that can cause inconsistent treatment performance due to material warping and fatigue, the materials used in the Ultra Q Q-Switch are thermally matched to deliver more consistent performance over a number of different operating conditions – ensuring robust, reliable performance and a lifespan of more than 400,000 shots.

In addition, Ultra Q’s custom-built YAG power supply incorporates a micro-controller and energy compensation algorithm to deliver greater shot-to-shot consistency. Many other YAG lasers use a commercial, off-the-shelf YAG power supply.

Faster Treatment

With a fast firing rate of up to 3 shots per second (3 Hertz), Ultra Q saves you time and allows you to perform quick and highly accurate treatments. Ultra Q’s patented, proprietary cavity facilitates more effective heat transfer and cooling, thereby permitting fast, efficient operation. In addition, the system’s pulse capacitors are rapidly recharged between each and every shot without the risk of overheating – ensuring you uninterrupted operation.

Pinpoint Precision

With a tolerance range of ± 8 µm, Ultra Q’s two-point focusing system makes it easy for you to accurately position where the optical breakdown will take place, irrespective of whether you are working in the anterior segment or in the posterior segment.

With a two-point focusing system the two aiming beams converge in the focal plane. This simple, yet highly precise aiming system, is the most accurate at indicating when the laser and slit lamp view are in proper focus, as it allows you to see a separation of the two aiming beams (which indicates out-of-focus) with even the smallest of slit lamp (or patient) movements. In comparison, four-point and many other focusing systems require a significant shift in the slit lamp’s position before you can distinguish any separation of the aiming beams

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