Lipiview and the LipiFlow eye piece (inset)
BOptom FAAO ISCLS
The Eye Practice, Sydney NSW
TRK-2P 4-in-1 instrument
The Eye Practice has been implementing new technology for both diagnosis and treatment since 1986, when the first computerised visual field analyser was released. We still continue this great journey but have been inundated with new options.
About five years ago, we embarked on a journey to get to the bottom of dry eye diagnosis and treatment, as our specialised contact lens practice was constantly encountering dry eye issues that were interfering with our success.
Device Technologies presented us with a brand new concept at the time called LipiFlow, combined with the Lipiview interferometer. At the time, the idea that meibomian gland dysfunction could not only be efficiently diagnosed but also, for the first time, effectively treated was nearly too good to be true.
Meibomian gland dysfunction is the leading cause of dry eye, accounting for roughly 80 per cent of cases.
With educational support from Device Technologies, The Eye Practice has developed a dry eye speciality clinic that we are proud to say is world class. LipiFlow and LipiView are the basis of our dry eye clinic.
Lately, the best decision I have made is to implement technological instruments that are multifunctional and used in the pre-test area by our staff. Device Technologies supplied us with two outstanding instruments that now we cannot do without.
Topcon Maestro OCT/Fundus camera
The Maestro OCT allows us to capture an OCT scan of every patient’s retina and optic nerve, while simultaneously capturing a high-quality retinal digital image of both the macula and the optic nerve.
The TRK-2P 4-in-1 instrument allows us to measure IOP, corneal pachymetry and K readings, while also supplying an accurate autorefraction. All this information is captured prior the patient sitting in my consulting room chair and is networked into the patient record for assessment.
The advantages of this set-up are multiple:
• The patient experiences a consultation process far superior to anything else they have had in the past.
• Most pathology can be diagnosed before even seeing the patient. Obviously, a thorough history and a careful look with the biomicroscope are still essential.
• The consultation process shifts from data collection by the optometrist to focusing on problem-solving.
• The staff members become more engaged in the patient’s ocular welfare, while the hand-over for dispensing becomes much more effective as the staff member has already been involved in the patient management.
The TRK-2P combines a refractometer, keratometer, non-contact tonometer and pachymeter
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