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Helbling Technik Bern AG

Optics for Ophthalmic Applications: Methods and Examples for Successful Product Development

Presented by: Helen Waechter, Helbling Technik Bern AG

Successfully and efficiently turning ideas into innovative products requires dedicated engineering activities related to manufacturability throughout the development process. This is even more true for optical systems and technology driven devices for medical applications.

Key considerations of the development process for optical systems are discussed in this talk and are illustrated with two examples of optics used in ophthalmic applications. The first example is the design and manufacturing of a diffractive optical element (DOE) for an active intra-ocular lens implant. The second example is the design of a MEMS scanning mirror for a retina examination device. In both cases, a risk-driven approach and a good understanding of the manufacturing options from the beginning was crucial for a successful design.

About the presenter
Helen WaechterHelen Waechter, Ph.D., is leading the optics development team at Helbling, and she is responsible for providing innovation and engineering services for customer projects involving optics and photonics. She has more than 17 years of experience in developing optical systems and devices for various areas including medical technology, industry, and research. Before joining Helbling in 2017, she was a postdoc at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and a senior scientist and IP & technology partnerships manager at Tiger Optics in Pennsylvania, USA. Helen Waechter is a graduate in physics and holds a Ph.D. in laser spectroscopy from ETH Zurich.

About the sponsor(s)
  • Helbling Technik Bern AG - Helbling are a worldwide, independent contract engineering and innovation company for medical, industrial and consumer applications. They serve clients in the field of technical project- and quality management, optical systems, photonics, signal processing, precision mechanics, microtechnology, MEMS, micro-fluidics, and embedded electronics.


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