Ontario, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2012
The European Patent Office today announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2012, which honors outstanding inventors for their contribution to social, economic and technological progress. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Professor Josef Bille, of Aaren Scientific, Inc. and Heidelberg University (Germany), for his groundbreaking development of wavefront technology for laser eye surgery.
Professor Josef Bille has been awarded almost 100 patents in the field of ophthalmology and is a pioneer in the area of laser eye correction.
In 1966, just six years after the invention of the laser, Bille was already writing his master's thesis on short pulse lasers. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe in 1970, Prof. Bille thought about the possible areas of application of lasers, including medicine. But there was not enough interest in this idea at the time, and so he worked in industry where he gained some experience in areas that would later also prove useful for applications in eye care.
In 1978, Prof. Bille returned to academia, becoming professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Heidelberg. This marked the start of decades of research and development work in adapting laser technology with eye care. It was here that he developed the use of wavefront technology for the measurement of errors in the human eye.
Wavefront technology is a measurement technology which uses so-called aberrometers to scan the human eye in a very detailed manner for small errors. By having a very detailed map of these errors, it is possible to devise much more precise surgical procedures (wavefront-guided laser-eye surgery) or to produce tailor-made lenses.
Also today, Aaren Scientific announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office allowed a patent filed by Prof. Josef Bille that protects the refractive index shaping and phase wrapping technology invented by Professor Bille. Aaren is utilizing these new technologies to create custom intraocular lenses using a femtosecond laser to alter the optical characteristics of intraocular lenses which have been implanted in a human eye. This technology represents a potential new direction in cataract replacement surgery- a lens adjusted in advance for diopter, asphericity, toricity and multi-focality and the ability to fine tune that lens, or any implanted lens, post-surgery.
Aaren Scientific was founded in 1988 with the goal of developing the most scientifically advanced intraocular lenses and surgical products available for the ophthalmic industry. An early innovator in the use of computer-controlled manufacturing of intraocular lenses (IOLs), Aaren Scientific has always viewed exceptional quality as a foundation of for its products. As the first IOL manufacturer in the United States to be awarded a CE registration, enabling the company to sell its products in Europe, Aaren Scientific has remained dedicated to the science of delivering the highest visual acuity with its IOLs throughout the world. Thus, as Aaren approaches its 25th anniversary, the company continues to maintain its record of achievement and reputation for excellence within the industry. More information is available at http://www.aareninc.com.