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Individuals diagnosed with or at risk for glaucoma—the leading cause of irreversible blindness—require twice-yearly monitoring for life to track the progression of the disease. Performed in hospitals, the monitoring requires the use of expensive equipment and is often cancelled or delayed, resulting in avoidable blindness. A British study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology suggests that home monitoring with a tablet-based eye test may provide the solution.

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At-Home Glaucoma Testing

A new study from City, University of London adds to a body of evidence suggesting that home monitoring can address several pressing issues associated with glaucoma.

The study, published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, is the first to suggest that glaucoma eye tests can be performed accurately at home by patients themselves, using a prototype, tablet-based eye test called Eyecatcher.

According to Pete Jones, PhD, first author of the study and a lecturer at the division of optometry and visual sciences at City, “This is tremendously exciting news. Effective home monitoring would be a win-win-win for patients, clinicians, and the taxpayer alike, and it looks like the technology finally exists to make it a reality. This news is particularly timely, since home monitoring is just one of the ways we can help make the NHS [National Health Service] more resilient and sustainable post COVID.”

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