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    Ceeable aims to be the next gold standard in visual fields

     

    The mobile technology also addresses the timing issue that can cause false positive results with the traditional visual field machine, Dr. Matossian said. With Ceeable’s technology, there is no time constraint and the user can take his or her time in tracing the grid patterns.Courtesy of Ceeable

    Ceeable also has the same standard visual field code for insurance billing as current exams, meaning the patient has no extra out-of-pocket costs and the practice gets paid the established rate for a visual field.

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    There is an annual fee for physicians, which is the same regardless of how many visual field tests are perfomed. It is ordered just as any other test and the ophthalmologist interprets the results.

    Adams and Dr. Matossian are also confident that the cloud-based technology can have big data implications for tracking and predicting diseases among populations.

    “Once it gets into the hands of ophthalmologists, in real-life eye clinics, oftentimes the uses of the product expands,” said Dr. Matossian.

    Courtesy of CeeableWhile it is not common for optometrists and other physicians to have the resources to purchase traditional field analyzer equipment, Adams said the mobile technology may be useful in the future for patients to use while they are seeing their primary physician or optometrist. The physician would then refer the patient to an ophthalmologist for further interpretation and exams if a defect was detected.

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    Whether it is an optometrist, primary-care physician, or an ophthalmologist ordering the test, the focus is for the patient to have an exam, Dr. Matossian said.

    “If we put the patients first, the sooner the eye disease is detected, the better,” she said.

    Adams echoed the same sentiment, adding that everyone who is diabetic should have a visual field exam, regardless of what kind of physician is actually administering the test.

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    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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