Diagnosis and evaluation of Dry Eye

This case study is provided by our SCC Online Series partner BOC.

Made by SBM Sistemi, IDRA’s intuitive user software efficiently integrates the following complex examinations and allows for quick and detailed examinations, providing the user with easy to read ‘traffic light’ result reports. – Auto-interferometry – Tear meniscus height measurement – Auto-NIBUT (non-invasive break up time) – BUT staining test – Blink rate – Meibography and 3D Meibomian Gland imaging – Bulbar redness classification – Pupillometry – White to white measurement – Cylindrical dandruff, demodex and blepharitis analysis – Surface pattern visualisation – Lifestyle questionnaire – Hyperaemia classification – Grading comparisons – Report generation

The IDRA Ocular Surface Analyser is the world’s first comprehensive diagnostic system for high quality tear film analysis. IDRA allows detailed structural analysis of the lipid, aqueous and mucin layers of the tear film composition and allows the operator to identify not only the quality and quantity of a patient’s tear film but also the type of Dry Eye disease present. IDRA’s intuitive user software efficiently integrates the following complex examinations and allows for quick and detailed examinations, providing the user with easy to read ‘traffic light’ result reports.

Dry Eye market situation
Dry eye market is constantly evolving and proven by the fact that many pharmaceutical companies are investing and trying to develop their treatments.
However, the most important thing is to diagnose the pathology.
About this, we think that our IDRA device is the most suitable for this purpose.
In fact, as the comparison table shows (apart from J&J that features also the auto-interferometry as a fully automatic exam) our IDRA is unique in this kind of diagnostic range of instruments, not only in features but also in time per exam.
We’re sure that also the next years will be very interesting on the commercial aspect and so we think that it will be helpful to take advantage of the situation to increase the business.

It’s well known that dry eye pathology is caused by many some factors, but certain lifestyle changes and environmental factors can trigger the irritation and discomfort that comes with this disease.
The last regulations dictated in this period required people to stay home as long as possible, surrounding us in this way by central heating and air.
This phenomenon of water evaporation caused by the heating and cooling systems generates a dry atmosphere that can lead to dryness and irritation of the eyes.
Also the obligation to wear masks daily can determinate dry eyes.
In fact, the air travels out the top of the mask goes directly into the eyes. An air leak this close to the eyes can cause an instantaneous feeling of dry eye and major discomfort.
Furthermore, new smart working methods from home engage the people to starting at screens for long period of time like computer, smartphone and tables.
This causes people to blink 66% less based on a study of Dr. Sindt (source: https://uihc.org/health-topics/computer-vision-syndrome).
Blinking regularly releases a tear film that helps keep the eyes moist. But if people aren’t blinking regularly then their eyes dry out due to lack of lubrication which can commonly cause fatigue, eye strain, and blurred vision.
In addition to these, is also necessary to consider the actual season of spring allergies.
These allergies are usually fought using different type of anti-histamine that in addition to being an aid to people, they can also dry out tears and oil in the eyes.
Considering all these factors, is possible to thing that dry eye pathology can easily increase in the next months.
For these reasons, diagnostic systems are very important and useful to diagnose dry eye and analyse the ocular surface.
SBM device is the most complete system for this type of purpose.
Thanks to the SBM IDRA device is possible to identify the type of Dry Eye Disease (DED) and determine which components can be treated with a specific treatment, in relation to the type of deficiency.

New App
As previously anticipated, we’ve realized a new App that provides aid for dry eyes and allows the doctor to keep the patient.
A new app designed to help patients with chronic dry eye symptoms find relief.
The Dry Eye App Follow Up for the iPhone, iPad and Android seeks to aid a growing segment of the population with dry eye symptoms.
The connivance of the iPhone and the support of the Dry Eye Follow Up, which is essentially a portable software suite designed to help patients track dry eye symptoms and treatments, helps patients to better communicate their needs to their optometrist or ophthalmologist. Ultimately, resulting in optimal care your patients deserve.
This application is closely connected to the software of IDRA system.
In fact, the doctor after the exam, can send the result of all the exams taken; in this way the patient can have always handy these data.
All this information is taken into consideration by the mobile application both to remind the medicines to be assumed both to allow to the artificial intelligence to evaluate the patient’s state of health day by day.
The Dry Eye App Follow Up helps users to document dry eye symptoms by providing a personal profile area. In this area, users can receive suggestions about lifestyle to keep and reply to some questions sent by the doctor.
Furthermore, in order to allow the doctor to save time, the patient can fill up the questionnaire that usually is subjected while he is in the waiting room.
In addition, the Dry Eye App helps users to track symptoms over time to show fluctuation in their symptoms. Users can also record the severity of symptoms. Having all these details and data points immediately accessible helps eye specialists to make appropriate adjustments in medication and therapy. In essence, the Dry Eye App Follow Up stands to revolutionize eye care for dry-eye sufferers.
While the Dry Eye App Follow Up has a significant number of features allowing users to input data, it is especially useful in the data it generates. The Dry Eye App Follow Up has a special feature that allows users to produce a graph of the progress of dry eye symptoms over time.
The patients can send their information to doctors ahead of time directly from their phone, thereby not only increasing the accuracy of diagnoses but also decreasing the frequency of expensive and time-consuming appointments.


The SBM IDRA and OSA models are exclusively distributed in Australia by BOC Instruments.

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