The damage caused by glaucoma can be irreversible to your vision; for this reason, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. However, glaucoma can be picked up through routine eye examinations and so it is important that your practice has the right equipment to carry out glaucoma screening.
As an optometrist, you are relying on the accuracy of your optical instruments to pick up anomalies in your patients’ vision, as well as your own expertise. Early diagnosis can be crucial for glaucoma, allowing for a better chance of successful treatment.
Testing for glaucoma
The most common test for picking up on glaucoma is tonometry, which measures the pressure inside the eye. You could also carry out a perimetry test to check the visual fields for missing areas of vision. This is because glaucoma often causes peripheral visual field loss.
A tonometer can be instrumental in diagnosing glaucoma. The ATNC 550 tonometer
from Essilor Instruments can offer the next level of tonometry to enhance patient comfort and precision.
The ATNC 550 is a non-contact tonometer and does not require physical contact with the patient; this can often be very reassuring to nervous patients. Instead, a simple and soft puff of air is used to help determine the intraocular pressure of the eye.
Benefits of the ATNC 550 tonometer
The ATNC 550 allows you to improve your glaucoma screening process thanks to its innovative design and operations. The tonometer is able to combine the intraocular pressure (IOP) with the central corneal thickness (CCT) to produce a more reliable screening result every time.
The instrument can provide IOP compensation based on the CCT values. By entering the patient’s CCT value, the operator is able to compensate for the patient’s IOP. This can reduce the risk of overestimating or underestimating the intraocular pressure, which is vital in glaucoma diagnosis.
The measurement is taken quickly without complication, keeping patient stress to a minimum. Having an eye examination can be uncomfortable for many patients, and the ATNC 550 is designed to reduce that and ensure the patient experience is improved.
The ATNC 550 tonometer is operated with automated processes; the air pulse and measurement will begin automatically once the target is aligned. The IOP value is corrected automatically when the CCT is input into the machine. If the measurement is not reliable enough, you will see an asterisk on the screen to warn you.
Take your practice to the next level today, and offer an improved glaucoma screening process for your patients with Essilor Instruments.