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Overall, we have found the Icare tonometer to be accurate and extremely easy and quick to use…important features in a busy ED. We remain very pleased with the Icare tonometer and are planning on purchasing additional units as we look to open our new ED next year.
We use Icare tonometers extensively in our retina practice. They are great timesavers and easy for technicians to learn to use.
Being a corneal specialist, the Icare Tonometer has made IOP measurement after corneal transplant safer and quicker to check pressure. It makes hospital consults easier because it’s great for any patient that has poor ambulation and is unable to sit in an exam chair. The Icare has also become a time-saver and made my practice run more smoothly because it only take 6 seconds to check pressure and is accurate within +/- 2mm of the Goldmann tonometer. This tonometer is a must for a doctor who wants their practice to run more efficiently while still maintaining accuracy. I highly recommend it!
Using the Icare Tonometer is so straight forward that even the newest techs can be trained to use it within minutes. This allows them to be productive as they continue to learn other skills. And the fact that no anesthetic drops are needed, it is ideal for use on children and those with corneal problems.
We were surprised to see this improved design because we were perfectly happy with our original Icare instruments, which have provided accurate IOP’s to thousands of patients in our busy practice settings. The new design and enhanced displays on the new Icare ic100 are truly impressive. Read more
With the new instrument it is even easier to obtain IOP readings and the display upgrades are fantastic. Icare's technological innovation just keeps improving, and now there is a whole new level of sophistication. Very impressive!
Just wanted to write to you regarding the Icare we purchased and my experience with it. Before purchasing the Icare we used the Tonopen, which we found very cumbersome to use. I often got completely different readings on repeat measurements of the same patient. Read more
Calibration of the Tonopen was very tricky and often it would take numerous attempts to get it calibrated. I was extremely frustrated with this equipment and was uncomfortable using it. Furthermore, I was not confident in the measurements the Tonopen provided me with. Other providers in my group shared similar opinions of the device. As Medical Director, I searched for an alternate device that would be simpler and something I (and my group) would be comfortable using. Equally as important, we needed the device to give us full confidence that it was doing what it is supposed to do and doing it accurately. I was at a conference when I came across Icare, and after seeing several demonstrations I knew I had found a great replacement for our Tonopen. Since purchasing it, I have used it several times and have become a big fan of it. I was easily able to train my staff on its use and my providers also have been very happy with it. I find it simple to use. The readings have been accurate and reproducible. I have total confidence that the measurements it provides me with are true and not just random numbers given to me by the equipment. In short, our experience with Icare has been completely positive and we have had no negative issues or feedback.
The Icare® has quickly replaced my two tonopens as the portable tonometry of choice in my clinic. It is fast, requires no drops, and enables my staff to perform this on the front end of my exam rather than the back end, due to trauma to the cornea.
Since we've been using the Icare® we've found great efficiency and accuracy within our practice. Not only have patients expressed gratitude for this new device rather than having drops instilled in the eyes that burn or sting, we've found greater confidence and accuracy in our diagnosis because no previous drops are affecting the ocular surface. Read more
It also saves a significant amount of time per patient allowing us to see more patients and it provides consistent IOP measurements compared to the more cumbersome previous options. Finally new technology always impresses patients and especially when it's an improvement in patient comfort compared to what they experienced in past examinations. Even our staff have migrated over to using the Icare® because of it's ease of use and great patient response.
The Icare® tonometer is a no-brainer for any busy practice. It is easy to use, patients love it and it streamlines the examination process since it doesn't require topical anesthesia or NaFl dye use. In addition, I have found the Icare® to be more reliable and accurate compared to applanation tonometry when dealing with patients who have poor cooperation, deep set orbits, prominent brow or photophobia.
When the rebound tonometer was first introduced, I was very interested in the technology. I first saw a demonstration of the instrument a few years ago at the Texas Optometric Association meeting in Austin. Although I found the instrument fascinating, I could not help but wonder how it would help me to either make more money or improve my patient care.Read more
A few years earlier I had purchased three Pascal tonometers. I found them to give readings that were very user dependent. I had hoped that they would demonstrate a different reading on my keratoconic or post surgical patients. After a few months of use and after consultation with the company I decided that they did not measure up to my expectations. I also tried the Optical Response Analyzer from Reichert. Again, I hoped it would add a new element to my quest for accurate tonometry readings. Once again, I used it for several months and did not find any appreciable difference in the readings compared to GAT. I think we must all finally admit that a tonometer is indeed a tonometer. Why then am I so impressed with the ICare tonometer? Does it give more accurate readings? I still see no significant difference in the readings I get with the rebound tonometer and the GAT. No, the primary benefit of this instrument is the ease of use. Secondarily is the amazing acceptance of the instrument by even the most discerning patients. Every patient who has been tested comments on how much better they felt the experience was. I have often been invited to participate in health fairs. I have always been hesitant to preform tonometry because I would need to use anesthetic on participants. With the ICare tonometer, I can do mass screenings without that problem. So, even though there is no obvious return on investment with the ICare tonometer, there is a distinct improvement in my day to day practice since I have purchased the instrument. Having patients enter the exam room without the concern of drops or puff tonometry has proven to be sufficient return on my investment.