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    New technologies transform IOP monitoring, digital health

     

    Icare USA

    Goldman tonometry has well-known problems, but it remains the gold standard in ophthalmology. Icare launched a more accurate, office-based tonometry technology in 2003 that is based on bouncing a lightweight, low-velocity probe off the cornea. A decade later, the company launched a consumer version of the technology.

    “This device is economical, easy-to-use and you can train patients or their caregivers in a half-hour, maybe less,” said President and CEO John Floyd. “A memory chip stores up to 1,000 readings that the physician can download and incorporate into the care strategy.”

    Home IOP monitoring fills in the missing data that surrounds isolated office readings, Floyd said. The device does not require anesthetic drops or other special preparation. The original device is approved in the United States and more than 40,000 have been sold globally. The home version has been approved in most of the world but remains an investigational device in the United States.

    “No safety issues have been reported on either,” he said.

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