Wireless Eye Implant Continuously Measures Intraocular Pressure (VIDEO)
August 1, 2014
Measuring a person’s intraocular pressure (IOP) can help diagnose and monitor glaucoma, but just like blood pressure it varies and can be subject to the “white coat effect.” Continuous monitoring of IOP to detect spikes is practically impossible when using a traditional tonometer, but a new eye implant from Germany’s Implandata Ophthalmic Products that makes this possible has been implanted in a first patient as part of a European clinical trial.
The trial of the Pro-IOP implant involves open angle glaucoma patients who are getting cataracts removed. As part of the typical procedure of exchanging a diseased intraocular lens for an artificial one, the wireless device is placed in front of the lens. It can then monitor the IOP continuously, or whenever requested via a control unit, and the data transmitted via the cellular network to a physician for review. Here’s more information about the implant: