Danish ophthalmic laser manufacturer Norlase has received both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) approval and the CE mark for its ECHO Green Pattern Laser photocoagulator.

ECHO is a portable scanning laser photocoagulator, intended to provide doctors with enhanced access to pattern scanning technology and increase patient throughput.

It also comes with other exclusive features, including a wireless user interface, µSec Mode for tissue-sparing treatment, voice control of patterns and parameters, and eliminates external fibre.

The Danish company leveraged MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology, to integrate laser and scanner into a single delivery device that attaches to compatible slit lamps.

Norlase CEO and co-founder Oliver Hvidt said: “The FDA clearance and CE mark approval of ECHO is our most significant milestone to date. The launch of ECHO as the first and only truly portable pattern scanning laser brings a new paradigm to ophthalmologists that treat retina and glaucoma conditions.

“Our goal has been to develop a pattern laser that is accessible to all ophthalmologists, while maintaining our high level of innovation and precision. ECHO provides all of this in a smart, highly-intuitive product design enabling surgeons to treat with ease.”

ECHO Pattern Scanning Green Laser is part of the company’s portfolio of portable and affordable laser solutions, which showed positive results in early adopters.

It is designed to have the smallest physical footprint and comes with a full pattern palette that includes grids, circle, and triple arc, and μSec Mode for tissue-sparing treatment.

The device features voice control of patterns and parameters and can be easily installed on any compatible slit lamp.

Furthermore, its fibreless design eliminates the expensive service repairs and disruption, said the Danish firm.

Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group partner Firas Rahhal said: “The ECHO laser is easy to use, intuitive and efficient. It provides excellent power and good uptake, even when used at lower power settings.

“The visualisation on the slit lamp delivery is excellent, and in one of the cases I performed, this was true despite the presence of significant cataract.

“Due to these characteristics, along with others like the easy-to-use screen and controls, the ECHO is currently the best available slit lamp pattern laser that I’ve used.”