Glaucoma is one of the most common ophthalmic diseases that occurs due to clogging of the eye drainage channels, resulting in the accumulation of fluid and, as a result, an increase in intraocular pressure, which leads to damage to the optic nerve up to complete loss of vision.
Therefore, in glaucoma, it is very important to regularly monitor the level of intraocular pressure for timely preventive measures. Unfortunately, for most patients, such checks are possible only in the ophthalmologist's office and, as a rule, not more often than several times a year.
The German company Implandata Opthhalmiic Products, together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronics, have developed an intraocular flexible ring implant Eyemate, which is placed behind the iris through a special incision, as in standard cataract surgery. After its installation, patients at any time can measure intraocular pressure using a special portable device.
Manual data reader
The device is brought to the eye a short distance and, after switching on, sends there a weak two-second magnetic pulse. The received information - intraocular pressure and temperature - is immediately reflected on the digital display of the device and loaded into the database of the attending physician. In addition, the patient can also upload these data to a special application for self-monitoring.
After a successful series of clinical trials in several clinics in Germany in the middle of last year, Eyemate received a certificate of conformity and was released for sale. Today it can be purchased in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Designers are currently working to reduce the size of the implant and simplify the implantation procedure.