由 Bradley Rose
, Senior Designer | September 05, 2007
The FDA recently approved the iCare® tonometer to be used as a glaucoma screening tool by healthcare professionals in the United States. The patented technology of the iCare® instrument provides a significant advancement in the approach to measuring Intra-ocular Pressure (IOP) by eliminating the need for anesthetic drops. Icare® was developed by Dr. Antti Kontiola after a decade of research and a wide range of clinical studies.
Intra-ocular pressure is measured with a tiny probe utilizing induction based, rebound technology. The probe is used to make a momentary contact with the cornea while the device records intra-ocular pressure within a few microseconds. The measurement is barely noticed by the patient and rarely causes cornea reflux. This approach to measuring intro-ocular pressure provides accurate, consistent results without the use of eye drops and eliminates the risk of microbiological contamination through the use of a single-use, disposable probe.
The ergonomic design and portability of the instrument adds convenience in measuring intra-ocular pressure in people who are traditionally more difficult to obtain readings from, such as children, the morbidly obese, and dementia patients.
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The iCare® instrument is manufactured by Tiolat Oy of Helsinki, Finland and is available in over 40 countries world wide. Diagnostic Instrument Group, an international distributor of ophthalmic equipment, has exclusive distribution rights for the United States, Latin America, and Canada.
Diagnostic Instrument Group
is an international distributor of new, pre-owned, and refurbished ophthalmic equipment. They have been in business for 16 years. Their 16,000 square foot corporate office in Tampa, Florida, includes a seven-man tech bay, paint booth, upholstery and machine shop. Services include equipment repair, rentals, phoropter cleaning and appraisals which may result in the purchase of pre-owned equipment.