The latest diagnostics to help ophthalmologists find and monitor the progression of certain eye conditions

JHE PHOROPTER, as a binocular refractive device, has been around for over 100 years, so it was only a matter of time before it had to make way for newer equipment. Tools that perform diagnostic tests like measuring the shape of the cornea or taking pictures of the back of the eye (retina or fundus) are now less invasive and more accurate with repeated data. Some even connect to smartphones to give portable readings. Their digital data can help ophthalmologists diagnose the progression of eye conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and optic nerve disease more accurately and reliably than ever before.

Medmont International

Medmont Meridia Advanced Corneal Topographer

[email protected]medmont.com.au

IDRA Ocular Surface Analyzer

Coburn Technologies

IDRA Ocular Surface Analyzer performs four non-invasive tests in five minutes.

(800) 262-8761, coburntechnologies.com

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Visionix Eye Refract with refraction technology that includes ARK.

Moon Technology

Visionix Eye Refract with refraction technology that includes ARK.

(800) 729-1959, luneautechusa.com

Lenstar Myopia provides axial eye length measurements for myopia management.

Haag Streit United States

Lenstar Myopia provides axial eye length measurements for myopia management.

(513) 336-7255, haag-streit-usa.com

TRS-6100 digital refractor

Mark

TRS-6100 digital refractor

(800) 874-5274, marco.com

Maestro2 OCT/Fundus camera

Topcon Health

Maestro2 OCT/Fundus camera

(800) 223-1130, topconhealthcare.com

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    Retinal Eyer Camera

American Ophthalmic

Eyer, a wearable retinal camera, connects to a smartphone to obtain images of the retina to detect fundus disease.

(888) 881-1122, usophthalmic.com

OCT500 with integrated fundus imaging

Essilor Instruments USA/Optical Stereo

OCT500 with integrated fundus imaging

(855) 393-4647, essilorinstrumentsusa.com

iVue 80, OCT + fundus camera option, an upgrade to iVue OCT from Optovue

Optoview

iVue 80, OCT + fundus camera option, an upgrade to iVue OCT from Optovue

(866) 344-8948, optovue.com

Clever uses New diagnostic equipment

Christian Chew, DOOptica Optometry, San Francisco and Millbrae, CA

christian chew

We use OCT, fundus camera and corneal topographer. A non-contact tonometer from Nidek, with an eye response analyzer, gives more detail about corneal dynamics than the air puff test. New technologies offer us more testing modalities, improving patient flow. Optovue’s iVue80 is fast and efficient, delivering good quality images and fine detail of the back of the eye. The quality of equipment has gone up while the cost has gone down and new practitioners can get better equipment than 15 years ago. In San Francisco, space is limited, so we put our compact devices in a small footprint. Still, we find we can run tests quickly and get more reliable images than with older devices.

Rasa Tamulavichus, OD Big City Optical, Chicago, IL

Rasa Tamulavichus, OD

Our 11 branches are recognized for their high-end technology. I switched from an old fashioned refractory to Eye Refract from Luneau Technology last year. It allows a technician to do refraction outside of the exam room and its AI component prompts the technician to ask questions. Training time is reduced and data so accurate that my remake rate is less than 1%. It takes wavefront readings in different lighting conditions, for example, I can prescribe for night driving. My ROI makes Eye Refract a no-brainer. We also use OptoVue’s iVue OCT which helps me screen for eye diseases. Its bottom camera captures images without dilation. The Firefly digital slit lamp (Shanghai Mediworks) effectively diagnoses dry eye; its clear optics mean that the examination can be carried out from a distance. Patient responses to all the new equipment are amazing.