LKC Technologies: Preserving Sight through Enhancing Diagnostics
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James J. Datovech, President "Transforming the world of visual electrophysiology since 1976."
This is more than just a catchphrase. The tagline is an excellent reflection of the rich expertise that LKC Technologies brings to the realm of visual electrophysiology, and perfectly encapsulates the value proposition of its products. At the forefront of manufacturing ophthalmic devices powered by visual electrophysiology technology, LKC Technologies is breaking through the noise in a cluttered market by delivering the highest standards of quality and compliance in the design, development, and manufacturing of equipment. “LKC is dedicated to providing objective, functional testing of the retina, optic nerve, and visual cortex to assist ophthalmologists and other eye-care professionals in gathering and understanding the objective, functional data within minutes and with minimal invasion,” begins James J. Datovech, President, LKC Technologies. “In doing so, we focus on developing portable, non-invasive, and non-dilating devices that can be taken directly to the patient and glean information immediately.”
From its inception—for more than 43 years—LKC has been instrumental in serving the electrophysiology needs of the ophthalmology community. LKC’s comprehensive visual electrophysiology products have been immensely beneficial in aiding diagnosis of a large number of ophthalmic conditions and vision-threatening diseases and including primary retinal disorders. Ophthalmologists, along with clinical practices and research facilities, across the world leverage products powered by LKC for ERG and VEP testing on adults, children, and for veterinary use on animals of all sizes. They can assess drug toxicity in pediatric patients, causes of visual loss, unexplained issues for juvenile diabetes, juvenile glaucoma, retinopathy prematurity, and more. “Our products can perform examinations without anesthesia. It is used from birth through geriatrics in assessing, monitoring, and regulating the progression of inherited and acquired retinal diseases like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal vein occlusions, and others.
Apart from the traditional corneal-based electrodes, the RETeval device offers the capability to utilize LKC’s unique Sensor Strip skin electrodes, which are easy to use, cost effective, and more efficient than other skin electrode options
Doctors can add more to their imaging technologies and seamlessly assess how the cellular layers of the retina are functioning,” Datovech adds.
The ophthalmic device manufacturing company has developed a full-function visual electrophysiology system— UTAS Systems—for delivering the ultimate experience to physicians, researchers, and patients. From scotopic and photopic flash-based tests to multi-focal ERG and VEP, UTAS systems run all ISCEV standard tests, including dark adaptometry, for clinical as well as pre-clinical human and animal research. Owing to the high quality of its products, LKC’s flagship product line, UTAS Systems, has been cited in over 435 peer-reviewed publications in just five years. Another medical device that is transforming the industry is LKC’s RETeval®—a completely portable, handheld, full-field flash ERG, and VEP testing device for medical professionals. To deliver improved patient care and outcomes, RETeval is a fully portable and lithium-ion battery-powered device specifically designed to help healthcare professionals perform testing anywhere and monitor the tests in progress to provide instant results.
The truly non-invasive visual electrophysiology systems from LKC are ISCEV-compliant, FDA cleared, and CE marked for use without dilating or touching the surface of the eye. “Apart from the traditional corneal-based electrodes, the RETeval device offers the capability to utilize LKC’s unique Sensor Strip skin electrodes, which are easy to use, cost-effective, and more efficient than other skin-electrode options,” adds Datovech.
With far-reaching implications, RETeval with five patents issued is opening up new ways for physicians and researchers to better utilize visual electrophysiology to evaluate retina function through the assessment, diagnosis, and monitoring of a variety of vision-threatening diseases.
The prowess of LKC’s products was on full display when the company was approached by a doctor to assess whether or not a child has Nystagmus—a rapid eye movement—and determine if it was a primary retina or a brain disorder. LKC worked with the client and conducted trials of several patients to conclude that, with high sensitivity and specificity, one can differentiate between retina and brain issue. This was then followed by peer-reviewed publication.
Right from developing the first commercial ERG system in the marketplace, LKC has earned an impeccable reputation for its products’ longevity, service, durability, stability, and results over time. The innovative products wrapped with the installation and training services provide a seamless experience for doctors, while also helping them with their specific needs and protocols. “Since visual electrophysiology is subject to environmental, electrical noise contamination of the signals, we utilize high-end analog-digital signal processors and extensive noise cancellation algorithms within the devices. We ensure that when the flash is calibrated, the timing is as accurate as it could possibly be. When you use an LKC device, you know you are getting exactly, in terms of stimulus and recording capability, what you expect to get out of the device,” extols Datovech.
Continuing its innovation streak, LKC is further planning to expand its geographical presence and will focus on the European Union, the Middle East, Latin American, and Asian markets. From a product standpoint, research professionals at LKC are working on perfecting the supporting research using the RETeval for major unmet health needs on various disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and more. With a vision to make a difference in the world and preserve the sight of people, LKC is committed to developing innovative products and delivering world-class customer service.
Description LKC is dedicated to providing objective, functional testing of the retina, optic nerve, and visual cortex to assist ophthalmologists and other eye-care professionals in gathering and understanding the objective, functional data within minutes and with minimal invasion. Ophthalmologists, along with clinical practices and research facilities, across the world leverage products powered by LKC for ERG and VEP testing on adults, children, and for veterinary use on animals of all sizes. They focus on developing portable, non-invasive, and non-dilating devices that can be taken directly to the patient and glean information immediately
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