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 consequence, increased intraocular pressure, which leads to damage to the optic nerve up to complete loss of vision.
Therefore, when glaucoma is very important to regularly monitor the level of intraocular pressure to timely take preventive measures. Unfortunately, such checks for most patients are possible only in the office of the ophthalmologist and, as a rule, not more than several times a year.
The German company Implandata Opthhalmiic Products together with the Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronics have developed an intraocular flexible Eyemate ring implant that is placed behind the iris of the eye through a special incision, as in a standard cataract surgery. After its installation, patients at any time can measure the intraocular pressure with a special portable device.
The device is brought to the eye a short distance and after switching it sends a two-second weak 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 compliance and was admitted for sale. Today it can be purchased in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Currently, designers are working on reducing the size of the implant and simplifying the implantation procedure .