During the 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) annual meeting in New Orleans, the Medical Technology business group of Zeiss presented new technologies advancing the digitalization of eye care, including VERACITY Surgical, a cloud-based cataract surgery planning platform which helps surgeons provide personalized technology-enabled patient care and excellent results.
To read more about the VERACITY Surgical platform, click here.
Zeiss also presented new diagnostic technologies for retina and glaucoma to help eye doctors more effectively and efficiently advance patient care: CLARUS 500, the first fundus imaging system combining True Color with exceptional clarity within an ultra-widefield view; and HFA3 SITA Faster which reduces visual field testing time by over 50%.
“Digital technology is fundamentally changing our world and has a major impact in healthcare,” Dr. Ludwin Monz, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec, said in a company news release. “Zeiss is constantly addressing future-forward trends, such as digitalization, which is reshaping how medicine is practiced today, to give doctors innovative solutions to help patients.”
During the AAO meeting, doctors can preview new remote digital technologies in development for retina screening which could expand patient access to specialized care, and for clinical collaboration, which could facilitate remote professional consultation and referral.
Ultra-widefield Fundus Imaging: True Color clarity from the macula to periphery
At AAO 2017, Zeiss presented the newly-released CLARUS 500 Ultra-widefield, the first fundus imaging system combining True Color with exceptional clarity within an ultra-widefield view, according to Zeiss. CLARUS 500 provides practitioners a better view of the entire fundus with exceptional images closely resembling the coloration of the retina, down to 7 microns in an ultra-widefield view from the macula to the far periphery.
According to Roger Goldberg MD, MBA, a retinal specialist with Bay Area Retina Associates, CLARUS combines the benefits of an ultra-widefield view of the entire retina with the high-quality of traditional fundus photography used for imaging the optic nerve and macula. "By offering true-color, high-resolution images of the optic nerve and macula, as well as the retinal periphery, we no longer have to choose which system to image a patient on based on their retinal pathology," Dr. Goldberg added.
CLARUS works with FORUM and its Retina Workplace for review with other ophthalmic images and exam data for efficient multi-modality analysis. Also on preview during AAO is a cloud-based technology for remote fundus image viewing which could help connect doctors to doctors for real-time clinical collaboration.
The standard of care for glaucoma now 50% faster with HFA3 SITA-Faster
Additionally Zeiss unveiled Humphrey Field Analyzer (HFA3) SITA Faster. Validated by more than 25 years of research and clinical experience, the HFA is the accepted standard of care in glaucoma diagnosis and management, with an estimated 25 million HFA tests performed annually.
According to a recent report from the Glaucoma Research Foundation, the prevalence of glaucoma is increasing due in part to the rapidly aging population. With this new testing strategy for the HFA3 perimeter, visual field testing time can be reduced by 50%. Many patients can complete SITA Faster 24-2 testing in about 2 minutes. Published glaucoma guidelines suggest that many patients may benefit from more frequent visual field testing which may help doctors to detect rapidly progressing patients earlier so therapy can be tailored for each patient. Significantly faster testing could facilitate more frequent visual field testing bringing clinical practice more in line with the current population needs.
HFA3 connects to FORUM with Glaucoma Workplace for on-demand access to visual fields, OCT scans, fundus images, and structure and function exams wherever needed in a practice. Glaucoma Workplace automatically combines relevant information from multi-modalities for a concise report that shows structural and functional exams supporting rapid glaucoma assessment and progression analysis.
During the 2017 AAO, experts will be sharing their experiences with the latest technologies from Zeiss, and attendees can experience first-hand Zeiss’ integrated ophthalmic diagnostic and surgical solutions at the Zeiss booth #1919 from November 11-14, 2017.
For more information Zeiss’ scientific and educational program and events at AAO 2017: www.zeiss.com/aao