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    New technologies transform IOP monitoring, digital health

    Intraocular pressure (IOP) monitoring is based on fiction. Clinicians typically measure IOP over a single visit and extrapolate the value to the patient’s overall condition and the degree of control over their IOP.

    “We know that a single IOP measurement on a single visit is not a good indication of how well IOP is controlled,” said Eydie Miller-Ellis, MD, professor of clinical ophthalmology and director of glaucoma services at Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. “There are challenges due to corneal biomechanical changes, patient cooperation, inter-individual variation in measurement technique.”

    Visual field exam results can be equally problematic. The patient’s energy level, attention span, even distracting noises can affect visual field results. How well a patient is–or is not–engaged with and informed about their disease can have dramatic results in medication adherence.

    Each of those problems is an opportunity, added Dr. Miller-Ellis. She moderated “New Horizons in IOP Monitoring and Digital Health,” a showcase for six companies trying to turn opportunity into commercial success.

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