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    New technologies transform IOP monitoring, digital health



    Solx is developing an implantable shunt that not only reduces IOP but it monitors IOP and sends data to a base unit.  The base unit automatically recharges the sensor, stores data, and uploads readings to the ophthalmologist. The only thing the patient has to do is occasionally walk within 10 meters of the base unit for less than a second.

    “This shunt is wireless, remote, and automatic,” said Doug Adams, founder, president, and CEO. “The shunt itself is the antenna. The ophthalmologist can program the unit after it is implanted to read 24 times a day or 2,400 times a day or anything in between. There is no requirement for the patient to interact with the device. It is always on and always recording.”

    The current version is 3 mm x 6 mm and even smaller devices are being developed, Adams said.

    There are positive human data on earlier models and animal data on the current version. The entire system combines three technologies: a laser system for trabecular surgery, the shunt, and the onboard microelectromechanical systems.

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