Traditional tonometers that are used to measure intraocular pressure for the diagnosis of glaucoma are plagued with a multitude of problems, such as invasiveness and the need for sterilization. The inventors of the Diaton Tonometer, a transpalpebral device, believe that they are light years ahead of the competition.
BiCOM Inc. has obtained the FDA approval for Diaton tonometer back in April of 2006. This unique hand-held tonometer allows to measure intraocular pressure (IOP) through the eyelid, with no contact with cornea, no sterilization and without the use of anesthesia drops. Transpalpebral (Diaton) approach is ideal for patients with corneal concerns like conjunctivitis, edema, erosion, cornea pathology, high degree of ametropy or astigmatism, or acquiring IOPs following laser refractive and other corneal surgeries.
Present at the conference call, Boris Kun, President of BiCOM Inc. and Roman Iospa, CEO have described in detail many advantages of transpalpebral tonometry vs. invasive, contact and non-contact methods. It was interesting to learn that even patients wearing contact lenses can be accurately measured, and also to hear a fun testimonial by a veteran optometrist from Texas that his practice had a noticeable increase of women, and his only explanation was that the eye exam did not include anesthesia drops and therefore did not cause running makeup or yellow eyes.
BiCOM that has been in business for 15 years has managed to build a brand around this new and unique Traspalpebral (Diaton) Tonometry, with clientele consisting of ophthalmic and optometric practices, hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, army and navy, family practitioners of various specializations such as allergists and neurologists, etc., as well as some referred patients requiring day or night eye pressure monitoring.