08542962 is referenced by 3 patents and cites 18 patents.

Embodiments of endo-illuminators and related methods are disclosed. One embodiment of an illuminator can comprise a cannula defining a passage, an optical element disposed at an end of the cannula, and an optical fiber running through the passage with the distal end of the optical fiber in contact with the optical element. The optical fiber includes at least a heat preconditioned distal portion that terminates in the distal end that is in contact with the optical element. One embodiment of a method can comprise inserting an optical fiber through a proximal portion of a cannula and optical element assembly until the distal end of the optical fiber contacts the optical element, heating a distal portion of the optical fiber to between a softening temperature and a melting temperature for a period of time to cause the distal portion to axially shrink and moving the optical element so that the optical element is in contact with the distal end of the optical fiber when the distal portion of the optical fiber has axially shrunk. Moving the optical element so that the optical element is in contact with the distal end of the optical fiber when the distal portion of the optical fiber has axially shrunk can comprise applying a force to the cannula and optical element assembly to maintain the optical element in continuous contact with the distal end of the optical fiber while the optical fiber axially shrinks.

Title
Preconditioned illuminator system and method
Application Number
12/540755
Publication Number
8542962 (B2)
Application Date
August 13, 2009
Publication Date
September 24, 2013
Inventor
Timothy C Ryan
Laguna Hills
CA, US
Jack R Auld
Laguna Niguel
CA, US
Dean Y Lin
Chino Hills
CA, US
Ronald T Smith
Irvine
CA, US
Agent
Darien Reddick
Assignee
Alcon Research
TX, US
IPC
A61B 1/07
G02B 6/32
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