05957921 is referenced by 35 patents and cites 11 patents.

A device and system for creating small (e.g., less than 3 mm and preferably about 1 mm in cross dimension) openings in the anterior lens capsule of a mammalian eye to facilitate insertion of lens reduction/removal device(s) and/or cannulae for injecting flowable lens replacement materials into the lens capsule. The device generally comprises a handpiece having an electrosurgical probe extending forwardly therefrom. The electrosurgical probe incorporates an annular tip electrode which is positionable in contact with the lens capsule, to create the desired less than 3 mm opening therein. The annular electrode tip may be either monopolar or bipolar in design.

Title
Devices and methods useable for forming small openings in the lens capsules of mammalian eyes
Application Number
8/744404
Publication Number
5957921
Application Date
November 7, 1996
Publication Date
September 28, 1999
Inventor
John T Sorensen
Costa Mesa
CA, US
Michael Mittelstein
Laguna Niguel
CA, US
Soheila Mirhashemi
Laguna Niguel
CA, US
Agent
Stout Uxa Buyan & Mullins
Assignee
Optex Ophthalmologics
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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