Freudenberg Medical offers customers numerous eye-surgery products. “We specialize in high-precision silicone products. Therefore, our manufacturing technologies are focused on complex applications,” says Markus Bardian, product developer of silicone components. “Customers benefit from our skills in other areas as well – we are also experts for cardiovascular surgery and implants.” Talking at an early stage with development partners, customers and suppliers is vital to a successful innovation project.
"Product development begins with customers, their ideas and specifications for what they want to develop with us,” says Bardian. “The customer’s needs and ideas flow into product development from the start.” Once a goal is defined, Freudenberg Medical develops a concept to bring together a suitable material with an optimal process technology.
How do cataracts form? The disease, occurs mostly in older people, gradually clouding the lens of the eye, leaving patients with clouded vision. The lens will slowly turn gray if left untreated. "Routine activities such as driving or reading become more difficult for those suffering from the disease. Suddenly, even watching TV requires is a chore,” says Wolfgang Scholten. The 71-year-old had cataracts in both eyes and was operated on twice. After surgery, his daily life saw a big improvement: He is now less sensitive to glare in bright sunlight or flash. Once again, he can read or watch TV – his depth perception has improved, and he can now drive again. A veil has lifted from his world thanks to the Freudenberg Group’s modern medical technology.