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Imagine Eyes launches mirao™ 52-e for retinal imaging and vision science applications


Orsay France, September 3, 2008 – After unveiling the prototype at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Imagine Eyes is proud to announce that mirao™ 52-e Electromagnetic Deformable Mirror is now commercially available. This latest evolution of the award winning mirao product line follows on the success of the mirao 52-d by offering users several important new hardware and software features that make integrating and using the device even easier than before.

Key enhancements include:

• USB2 connectivity
• Space saving design
• Improved temporal behavior
• All-new Application Programming Interface
• Trigger output signal for TTL device synchronization

Perhaps the most easily visible improvement is that mirao 52-e’s electronic driver unit has been totally redesigned. The unit’s new compact size, half that of its predecessor and now one of the smallest on the market, incorporates several important enhancements and, even more, is fully plug-and-play compatible via a standard USB2 interface. On the software front, mirao 52-e is delivered with an all-new Application Programming Interface (API) that was painstakingly developed to provide easy access to mirao’s powerful wavefront correction abilities and ensure backwards compatibility as the product continues to evolve. Of course, mirao 52-e is CE marked and conforms to international electromagnetic and electrical safety standards.

When asked about mirao’s potential, longtime mirao user Pr. Wolfgang Drexler responded “I personally think that the unique design, unprecedented stroke and plug-and-play integration of mirao 52-e will facilitate its integration into numerous optical imaging modalities and significantly enhance visualization performance in retinal and other bioimaging applications.” Pr. Drexler and his colleagues used mirao along with chromatic aberration correction to improve the resolution of their OCT configuration by a factor of 80.

In mid-2008, the first mirao 52-e units were integrated into the INOVEO retinal imaging system and the first prototype of the system was delivered to the Hôpital Necker in July of this year. INOVEO is a consortium of 11 leading academic centers, industrials and hospitals that will use the project’s ultra-high resolution, adaptive optics flood illumination fundus camera to explore new frontiers in early diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases. Learn more about INOVEO at

“mirao is unique because, unlike other devices, it was conceived to be capable of compensating for the wide-ranging aberrations found in human eyes” says Imagine Eyes cofounder and President Nicolas Chateau. “We are very proud of what our customers have achieved using mirao and we are eager to see the results from the INOVEO clinical investigation sites as well as the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic later this year.”

mirao is marketed by Imagine Eyes for ophthalmic applications and by its sister company, Imagine Optic, for other applications including bioimaging and lasers.

To download a detailed version of this release that provides complete information on mirao 52-e, including a list of scientific and trade press articles relating to Imagine Eyes’ adaptive optics technology, please click on the following link: Members of the press are invited to call Mark Zacharria at +33 (0)1 46 28 03 13 or to contact him by email at For sales information, please call +33 (0)1 64 86 15 66 or visit

About Imagine Eyes

Imagine Eyes applies its unique expertise in ocular wavefront metrology and adaptive optics to focus on researchers needs for precision ophthalmic diagnostic devices and component technologies. Founded in 2003 by leading scientists in the fields of adaptive optics and eye research, the Company maintains its position as a technical leader in its domain through its innovative R&D program, wide array of patents and acclaimed product line. Key products include the irx™3 Wavefront Aberrometer, crx™1 Adaptive Optics Visual Simulator, mirao™ 52-e Electromagnetic Deformable Mirror, HASO™ 32-eye wavefront sensor, and CASAO™ Adaptive Optics command & control software.


 adaptive optics
 retinal imaging
 vision simulation
 macular degeneration
 cellular imaging

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