Make the Right Choice for Your Patients
Your choice of OVD can impact your success in the OR—and your patients' outcomes afterward.
At Alcon, we think that better information leads to better choices. This section is dedicated to a deeper understanding of OVDs—to help you give the gift of better vision, seamlessly.
Genuine Protection, Defined
Many companies offer OVDs that claim to protect the eye. Few offer the genuine protection of Chondroitin Sulfate.
OVDs with Chondroitin Sulfate—DisCoVisc® and VISCOAT® OVDs—are more likely to be retained during phaco. These OVDs lose viscosity more slowly during stress and readily adhere to ocular tissue.1
Chondroitin Sulfate is a type of polysaccharide found in blood vessels, bone tissue, cartilage, and the cornea. Chondroitin Sulfate:
- Stabilizes the cell membrane
- Coats the corneal endothelium
- Naturally mitigates free radicals
Chondroitin Sulfate is the only humanly bioavailable non-pseudoplastic component available in OVDs. Its unique Newtonian behavior aids in maintaining a more consistent viscosity while shear and stress increases in the eye. The result? ALCON® OVDs with Chondroitin Sulfate are uniquely suited to withstanding the forces of phacoemulsification.
Chondroitin Sulfate and OVD Retention
In 2004, a University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) medical team conducted a study of retention of various OVDs during Capsulorhexis.1 They found that DisCoVisc® and VISCOAT® OVDs—the two viscoelastics containing Chondroitin Sulfate—performed best out of all OVDs tested.
Retention in the Anterior Chamber Following Phacoemulsification
Alcon OVDs With Genuine Protection
Superior protection in every phase of cataract surgery.
DisCoVisc® OVD is a single OVD designed for the entire cataract procedure. The first viscous dispersive, DisCoVisc® OVD provides superior endothelial protection, space maintenance, mechanical protection, ease of removal, and clarity.
DuoVisc® Viscoelastic System
One system. No compromises.
DuoVisc® Viscoelastic System is one system with 2 viscoelastics. The dispersive VISCOAT® OVD and the cohesive ProVisc® OVD. Together, they deliver the shield of protection. Use them in concert to tackle even the toughest cataract cases.