Avedro Inc. expanded its commercial reach in Japan with a "significant investment" from Shinagawa, a Lasik eye surgery center in Tokyo that has performed more of Avedro’s vision-enhancing procedures than any other.
Shinagawa, which has been performing corneal surgeries with Avedro’s Lasik KXL system for the past six months, is expanding the service to centers in Nagaya, Osako, Sapporo and Fukuoka.
The KXL system is used in Avedro’s Lasik Xtra procedure, an accelerated cross-linking surgery that helps restore corneal strength after a Lasik procedure.
Avedro CEO David Muller pioneered Lasik technology more than 20 years ago as chairman and CEO of Summit Technology. He has since worked on developments to make the surgery safer and more effective.
The company won CE Mark approval for corneal collagen cross-linking in the European Union in April 2010, a breakthrough Muller said would help patients with complications from the Lasik procedure.