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The OcuCheck™ Device
The OcuCheck™ device is a point-of-care device that can quantify the level of certain molecules present on the test strip. The OcuCheck Device is lightweight, portable, and durable so that it can be used outside a clinical setting. By providing a quantitative, accurate reading, the OcuCheck is the first device to provide an accurate objective measurement of the integrity of post surgical wounds of the cornea or anterior scleral as well as the evaluation of post trauma patients. This device would also be a game-changer for us in the eye clinics and by health personnel.
The OcuCheck™ Test Strip
The OcuCheck™ test strip is a specially designed testing strip used to collect the tear sample and isolate molecules present in the fluid. The strip is coated with a hydro-gel that is stable and biologically safe.
Uses for the OcuCheck
The ocuCheck in Post surgical Wound Management – Clear Corneal wounds
Ophthalmologists can use the OcuCheck to monitor post-operative patients who have had large corneal or corneoscleral incisions. Evaluation of corneal wound integrity is even more important now as more surgeries for cataracts are performed with clear corneal incisions. The ocuCheck quantitatively measures the severity of the corneal wound by analyzing specific molecules in the tear film that result from microleaks within the corneal wound after surgical closure. Leaking surgical wounds are a common and serious problem and the ocuCheck can help. Now staff can use the ocuCheck to obtain the diagnosis prior to the physician seeing the patient. This will not only diagnose an important problem accurately to prevent it from being missed but will can help provide a head start in the management decision needed to address the problem.
The OcuCheck in Glaucoma Management – Check the integrity of filtering glaucoma procedures
What’s the background on glaucoma and surgeries to treat it?
Glaucoma affects 2.3 million people over 40 years old. The most common surgical treatment to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) from uncontrolled glaucoma, that has been unresponsive to medical or laser therapy, is trabeculectomy. Trabeculectomy lowers IOP by creating an incision into the anterior sclera to allow aqueous humor to filter into the sub-tenon’s space and create an encapsulated bleb, which bypasses the major typical drainage system through the trabecular meshwork. Although effective, filtering glaucoma procedures such as trabeculectomies are frequently associated with complications, commonly from a bleb leaking aqueous humor into the tear film, which indicates a direct communication from the internal anterior chamber and the exterior surface of the eye and can occur. Bleb leaks can cause mild inflammation that is localized to the bleb (blebitis) or severe infection that penetrates all orbital tissue (endophthalmitis).
How can the ocuCheck help?
Current methods for evaluating bleb-leaks include the use of the Seidel test, which is subjective and requires a slit lamp device to visual the wound. The ocuCheck can revolutionize this process by providing a portable, hand-held device to check the integrity of the wound. Now, the diagnosis of even a small leak from a bleb can be detected by the ocuCheck and can change management of post surgical gluacoma patients. Improved diagnosis and early treatment may prevent vision loss from late infection. The ocuCheck can be the first instrument to help standardize post operative management of bleb-associated infections.
The OcuCheck for Eye Trauma
How serious is an eye trauma?
Open globe injuries are the most serious ocular trauma and typically result in profound visual impairment. Accurate diagnosis and timely management influence the prognosis for recovery of vision, diagnosis should be made and patients sent for treatment within 6 hours from time of injury. Access to a device, such as the OcuCheck, will allow first responders the ability to make the correct diagnosis and initiate the proper management plan.
Who’s at Risk?
There are 2.4 million eye injuries per year in the United States. The most serious injury to the eye is an open globe, which is a break in the integrity of the outside wall of the eye. The incidence of open globes has been reported to be between 2-6 per 100,0003 in adults and 15.2 per 100,000 in children.
Emergency Physicians and Emergency Medical Service Personnel: The ocuCheck would benefit emergency department health professionals with the evaluation of ocular injuries. Emegency medicine technicians (EMTs) can use it in the field to obtain an immediate diagnosis to help with triage. Physicians in the hospital can use it to aid in the diagnosis of all eye traumas especially in challenging cases such as a child who may not be able to sit still enough to perform the Seidel test or might not be tall enough to fit in the slit lamp device or in an unconscious patient, who cannot be positioned upright for accurate slit lamp evaluation. Since the iCheck is portable and handheld, it provides an objective measurement that can be performed in any patient.
Military Medics: The incidence of open globes within military members in wartime situations has increased over 50 % what was expected. The device can be transported to the field and used by military medics to make quick, accurate decisions on the degree of eye injury.