EyePrint Prosthetics announced that eye care providers in 36 sites across the United States and Canada are now certified to fit the EyePrintPRO, a prosthetic scleral cover shell that improves vision by creating a new, smooth, refractive surface for the eye. It is similar to a scleral lens insofar as it is made of the same FDA-approved oxygen permeable materials and the fit vaults the cornea while landing on the sclera. However, instead of using a series of standardized curvatures, as with scleral lenses, the EyePrintPRO is designed utilizing the patented Elevation Specific Technology proprietary software to exactly match the unique irregularities of each individual eye.
Because the EyePrintPRO is not constrained to typical fabrication, lenses can be made to match the exact contour of any eye—even in the most difficult conditions where other options have failed. The process begins with an EyePrint Impression, which captures the precise curvatures of the entire ocular surface. Doctors then send the resulting impression to an EyePrint lab for 3-D scanning. The scanned data is then fed to a numerically controlled machining system to produce a lens that matches the impression exactly and therefore fits the individual cornea and sclera perfectly. Because of the precise nature of the back surface fit, high quality and individualized optics can be placed on the front surface of the device.
“The EyePrint is like a fingerprint—it’s completely individual,” EyePrint developer Dr. Christine Sindt, Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Iowa, said in the news release. Dr. Sindt has devoted her career to providing vision for patients with diseased and irregular corneas.
The EyePrintPRO is indicated for keratoconus, irregular astigmatism, ocular surface disease, trauma, extreme cases of deformed eyes, pellucid marginal degeneration, chemical burns, post surgical corneas (including corneal transplants and post LASIK ectasia), pinguecula, pterygium, or simply those who desire better vision and comfort.
“Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from debilitating corneal disease, unable to enjoy life to its fullest,” adds Dr. Sindt. “But now, as we begin to expand EyePrint’s reach here in the United States and Canada, we can offer hope to more people who thought all hope was lost.”
EyePrintPRO requires Comprehensive Training in the EyePrint Process. If you are interested in becoming an EyePrintPRO Provider or would like more information about doctors in your area that fit EyePrintPRO, visit www.eyeprintpro.com/contact-us.