How Well Can Glaucoma Patients Measure Their Own Intraocular Pressure?

Source: Medscape

Self-measurement of IOP by glaucoma patients is feasible and acceptable, but it remains to be seen whether it is sufficiently accurate to guide clinical management, according to an observational study reported in Medscape.

"Although these initial results show patients are able to measure their own intraocular pressure, further studies are needed to determine the value to clinical practice,” Dr. Andrew J. Tatham from Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, told Reuters Health by email. “In particular, studies are needed that examine whether having more pressure measurements from self-tonometry improves our ability to identify patients at higher risk of visual loss.”

The Icare HOME, a new device designed for home IOP monitoring, requires no topical anesthesia and has been reported to provide repeatable readings that agree well with the reference standard for measurement, Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT).

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