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Development of a measuring tool for intraocular pressure
Publication date: 01 February 2015

Design-based research conducted on an improved measuring tool for home use for measurements of the pressure of intraocular fluid.

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Glaucoma is a progressive disease whereby a permanent decay of vision occurs through damage of the optic nerve, as a result of an excessively high internal pressure of the intraocular fluid. Measuring and monitoring the intraocular pressure of patients at risk is essential for identifying glaucoma in time, so that treatment can be started in time. The latest development is a measuring tool for (supervised) home use called Icare Home, which avoids time-consuming and expensive hospital visits.

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences students were asked to answer the following questions:

  • How can the “home use” procedure for intraocular pressure measurements with the Icare Home be applied in the Netherlands?
  • How can Icare Home be improved regarding ergonomics, usability and comfort?

The results were presented in Helsinki to the company Icare. This project was conducted by 14 students from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences from various institutions (both from healthcare and engineering).

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