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OT  takes a look at the latest ophthalmic equipment available to optometrists

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One touch

BIB Ophthalmic Instruments has launched the Revo optical coherence tomography (OCT) device from Optopol.

The compact device is accessible from one side and operates with one touch automation.

It offers complete posterior and anterior screening that can be customised and programmed, which enables the practitioner to take all of the required scans by pressing one button.

Programmable functions include retina, disc, anterior and the central scan area. A glaucoma screening protocol can also be selected to include 3D retina and sic, anterior radial and anterior B scan.

New developments available include widefield OCT-A Angio Mosaic, which provides detailed image over a large field of the retina.

OCT biometry is also available, which is capable of visualising and measuring axial length, central cornea thickness, anterior chamber depth and lens thickness.

For further information, visit the BIB website


3D tracking

Grafton Optical has launched the NFC-700, a non-mydriatic fundus camera that provides fully automatic 3D tracking and image capture.

The equipment supplier explained that the NFC-700 provides customers with a high specification device at an affordable price.

The device is an all-in-one fundus camera with automated focus and a manual override option. It does not require a separate PC and has a small desktop footprint.

Grafton Optical explained that with its non-mydriatic function, patient comfort is maximised during the diagnosis process.

Additionally, its 3D tracking and image capture functions enables optometrists and ophthalmologists to evaluate and record patients’ data.

The Windows 10-based system provides the user with an easy to use program that features mosaic comparison and filter functionality.

For further information, visit the Grafton optical website


Topography maps

Haag Streit has unveiled the Eyestar 900, a new swept source-based optical coherence tomography device.

The Eyestar 900 provides elevation-based topography maps of the front and back corneal surface, 2D and 3D images of the anterior segment, as well as biometry of the entire eye.

Haag-Streit explained that the full-automated data acquisition process of the device improves the precision of results, leader to greater efficiency and usability.

Both eyes are examined without user intervention and the device has a short acquisition time to ensure patient comfort.

Although not presently available for purchase in the UK, the device is designed for refractive, cataract and glaucoma surgeons.

Product manager at Haag-Streit, Sam Laidlaw, said: “The Eyestar 900 is a powerful diagnostic tool designed to analyse the whole eye. It provides anterior segment measurements and imaging, anterior and posterior corneal topography, biometry and IOL calculation in a single measurement.”

For further information, visit the Haag-Streit website

Eyestar 900

Integrated OCT

Optos has launched its latest ultra-widefield device, Monaco, into the European market following its US debut in May.

The equipment company explained that the device is the only ultra-widefield retinal imaging system with integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT).

Monaco provides a 200° single capture optomap image in less than half a second and also provides cross-sectional OCT views of retinal structures.

It provides rapid multi-modality capture featuring colour, autofluorescence and OCT scans for both eyes in 90 seconds.

Vice president of European sales at Optos, Gareth Steer, said: “Monaco gives both optometrists and patients great peace of mind, knowing that pathologies can be identified, even in the periphery, and that potentially sight-threatening conditions can be discovered and treated at an early stage.”

“We’re bringing a device to the market that further enhances the detection of retinal issues and continues to improve practice efficiency. Our goal is to provide outstanding technology and customer service to the practices that we work with, to help them to provide the best possible care for their patients,” he added. 

For further information, visit the Optos website

Combined features

Topcon has launched a new corneal topographer with auto-kerato and refractometer, KR-800PA, which brings together six features in one standalone platform.

It features a 3D alignment system that is combined with Topcon’s Rotary Prism technology, touch screen control and joystick operation.

The equipment company explained that the KR-800PA helps meet challenges from increasing pressures on the NHS and an ageing population that will require improved efficiency and accuracy from diagnostic instruments.

Director of sales for diagnostic instruments at Topcon, Graham Trevor, said: “The combination of a corneal topographer coupled with auto-refraction and auto-keratometry, delivered in a single standalone platform will be welcomed by all existing KR users.”

Mr Trevor added that the device comes with improvements to the alignment and capture systems, contact lens fitting and design, as well as corneal disease screening.

For further information, visit the Topcon website

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Gold standard

Birmingham Optical will launch the Nidek GS-1 Gonioscope in October, which the equipment company predicts will be a “huge hit” for specialising in glaucoma diagnosis.

It explained that gonioscopy is considered the gold standard method for assessing anterior chamber angle, but the process is considered difficult and time consuming.

Birmingham Optical said that the Nidek GS-1 Gonioscope provides an opportunity for the routine use of gonioscopy in primary care optometry and could lead the way for new glaucoma shared care schemes.

The Nidek GS-1 Gonioscope provides 360° automated colour anterior chamber angle imaging of the whole anterior chamber angle and its structures with a 16 mirror gonio lens.

Image captures takes approximately 16 seconds per eye and the whole process, including set up, takes two minutes per patient.

For further information, visit the Birmingham Optical website

Nidek GS-1 Gonioscope