Alcon, a division of Novartis, has announced that it has agreed to acquire California-based WaveTec Vision, the developer of the ORA System, the first commercialized intra-operative guidance system used by cataract surgeons. The ORA System, which complements Alcon's Verion image-guided pre-operative diagnostic system, allows surgeons to see incisions and intra-ocular lenses alignment in real time, to support optimal positioning of intra-ocular lenses during cataract surgery, and performs other measurements that confirm the surgeon's lens selection and placement. Upon closing of the acquisition, Alcon will gain full rights to the ORA System technology. Alcon said it would then incorporate the ORA System into its existing cataract refractive armamentarium, which includes Verion, the LenSx femtosecond laser, the Centurion phacoemulsification system and the Luxor LX3 microscope.

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