Eye care professionals conduct the test to measure the fluid pressure called as the intraocular pressure inside the eye. Patients those are at risk of glaucoma have to undergo this test. Glaucoma is a disease that causes blindness. It affects the optic nerve of the eye causing damage to it. This damage is done by fluid that builds ups in the eye.Tonometer is a device that is used to measure the intraocular pressure. It measures the resistance of cornea to pressure.
Many different methods are used to measure the intraocular pressure. Some of these methods are the electronic indentation, rebound, pneumatonometry, applanation, etc. many devices are designed that works on one of these methods. One such device is icare ic 100 that is the most demanded icare tonometer in 2020.
About Icare ic 100
Icare ic 100 is a product for every eye care professionals designed on a new measuring principle. The device does not require specialized skills to use it. It’s new design and has good user interface is going to make a new level in IOP measuring. It is the new member of the family of tonometer. Its predecessors are Icare TA01i and ic100. It has received CE certification and worked on rebound technology. The device makes contact with the cornea for a moment to measure the pressure inside the eye.
It measures or evaluates contact time, various motion parameters, deceleration as soon as it comes in contact with the cornea. The state-of-art software is coupled with the device to evaluate the measurements.
Parts of tonometer:
- Probe base
- Forehead support
- Measure button’
- Select button
- Navigation button
- Forehead support adjusting wheel
The key features of Icare ic100 are:
AMS- it has automatic measuring sequence series. The device runs in single mode and can be operated with the single button.
Easy navigation: it uses advanced navigation interface
Easy pos: it has intelligent positioning assistant.
Icare ic 100 works on rebound technology.
The technology runs on rebound measuring principle. The device has the lightweight probe that is used to measure the parameters. The motion parameters are measured by coil system that is an induction based system. The software is used to analyze the parameters. The software runs on an advanced algorithm. Parameters like contact time and deceleration change with the IOP. For example, the contact time will be short if IOP is high and probe decelerates fast.
Since icare ic 100 use this technology thus it requires less maintenance, regular service or calibration. The probe base should be replaced annually and cleaned in every six months. Cleaning the probe base is easy and can be easily understood from the user manual.
Icare ic 100 Description
The device is portable and handheld. No need to use local anesthesia before using icare ic 100. It has adjustable forehead support, a container, and spare probe base. The probes offered by it are disposable and can be used for a single patient. Change the probe for another patient. Additional accessories are also supplied with it. Accessories include USB cable, memory stick, and software.
The software records the data of a patient and can display the same on the computer screen. Data can be easily transferred, analyzed and record from the device to the computer to view the patient’s report. Approximate dimension of icare ic 100 is 215x95x29 mm. Its approx weight is 230 g including the weight of batteries. It has 128×128 pixel OLED display. It can store data over 1000 readings.
It can measure accurate readings of the patients in two different positions that are standing or sitting. If the position of a device is incorrect, then it shows a red light on probe whereas in the correct position a green light is shown. No need to select manually when used with either left eye or right eye. A probe base has a wire pin. The tonometer runs on 4 AA battery that is non-rechargeable.
How to use?
Switch on the device using the main button. A patient should be positioned appropriately either in standing or sitting position. Ask the person to look straight and bring the tonometer closer to the eye. Place the probe perpendicular. Place the probe tip at distance of 4-8 mm from the cornea. Ensure the position of a probe by adjusting the wheel that will move the forehead support.
The measurement is based on 6 readings taken individually. To take the individual IOP measurement, press the button. The icare ic 100 tonometer has series mode means it can take all the 6 readings on pressing the button only once. The button should be pressed down, and it will automatically take the measurements. The final result of the measures is the average reading, and high and low readings are discarded. A beep sound is released after each analysis. During the process, the probe moves toward the cornea and come back to its original position. Results are then displayed on the screen.
Where can it be used?
In all healthcare settings whether it is primary, secondary or tertiary icare ic 100 tonometer can be used by the ophthalmologists. No additional skills are required to use the device however a user manual is offered with the product to guide the user about its use.
It is intended for the screening of glaucoma and in the diagnosis process. A single probe is used for the measurements, and hence it can be used without the fear of contamination. The part of tonometer is not made with latex. It is thus most demanded icare tonometer in 2020. It can be used on those experiencing symptoms like tunnel vision, blurred vision, severe eye pain, reddening of an eye, halos around lights and loss of peripheral vision. These symptoms are signs of glaucoma.
The person was having a family history of those suffering from glaucoma, diabetes, hypothyroidism and other chronic eye conditions also need tonometry test. Those having near sight or using corticosteroid medications from long also need it. The condition is most common in elderly people, and thus icare ic 100 tonometer is an essential and most demanded icare tonometer in 2018. Since it is CE marked therefore can be used without any doubts.