iCare devices such as the IC100 tonometer and the EIDON fundus camera are intuitive, easy to use, and practical, making them a great choice for even the youngest patients, reveals Dr. Mario Angi, a renowned ophthalmologist who runs a practice in Padua, Italy.
Any ophthalmic practice can benefit from tools that are reliable and accurate. But when the patients in question are young children, patient-friendly medical devices that promise speed and efficiency can make all the difference in helping eyecare professionals offer a smooth and comfortable patient experience.
“50% of my patients are children and some of them are very young — they don’t always cooperate,” explains Dr. Mario Angi, an ophthalmologist based in Padua, Italy where he sees about 100–120 patients per week.
The doctor mainly deals with cases of myopia and astigmatism, but in some cases, also rarer syndromes, congenital disorders, or optic nerve head diseases in children.
“Our workflow usually starts with a visual acuity test and in some cases, a video refractometer. We check the patient to examine the fundus of the eyes and check the intraocular pressure (IOP) if needed. Sometimes, we take a retinal image to document anomalies like congenital deformation, infections, or rare cases of retinal diseases in children,” Dr. Angi explains.
The biggest challenge of a primarily pediatric practice is to be able to test a child’s eye painlessly, accurately, and most importantly, quickly.
“I use iCare’s IC100 tonometer and the EIDON fundus camera in my practice and I appreciate how truly user-friendly and practical they are. They make my work faster and more efficient,” Dr. Angi adds.
Quick, accurate, and painless — iCare devices simplify diagnostic testing in young patients
All iCare’s tonometers, including the iCare IC100, use patented rebound technology, which allows painless and hygienic IOP measurement without the need for anesthetic drops or any special preparation.
“Traditional tonometers that require you to administer an anesthetic to children are not the best choice in private practice. I use the iCare tonometer with every single child effortlessly and get accurate results with great speed,” Dr. Angi says.
According to Dr. Angi, who has over 40 years of experience in the field, efficient documentation plays a very important role in helping with diagnosis.
“iCare devices consistently and reliably provide very high-quality images and accurate test results that support me in my diagnostic work.”
Building trust with the help of intuitive and user-friendly technology
The advanced technology combined with the intuitive user interface of iCare devices can significantly help cut down test times, which not only optimizes clinical workflows but is also reassuring to patients, especially the youngest ones.
“Our patients appreciate how easy the devices are to use. Measurements can be taken easily when the child is seated on a parent’s lap, and they don’t feel any pain during the procedure. With our youngest patients, I create moments of play around measuring the IOP. The tests go by quickly and the whole experience helps us build trust with the parents,” Dr. Angi says.
On the other side of the table too, operating the device requires minimal staff training, bringing speed, precision, and efficiency to the eyecare practice.
“Each one of my three assistants uses an iCare tonometer. They are authorized to check the optical nerve and visual field of the eye if they observe high IOP. The IC100 has a handy green light feature that indicates correct positioning. The smart features of the EIDON make it easy for my staff to take a picture of the exact spot I indicate in the retina,” Dr. Angi says.
By the time the doctor receives the patient, the images are already in an easily accessible database.
“The Remote Viewer feature is pretty useful. The patients are also happy that I can explain their situation to them using the high-quality images on my screen.”
Dr. Angi also outlines the benefits of using iCare devices during large-scale screening when time and accuracy are of the essence.
“The sterile tips can be changed easily and the speed with which you can conduct a test is impressive. I extensively used the iCare tonometers when I was in Africa working for the Christian Blind Mission. The devices are excellent for screening in every space of the world,” he adds.