New glaucoma testing device praised

February 4, 2009

The TrueField Analyser, a glaucoma testing device, has been hailed by reseachers at the Australian National University as offering faster, more comprehensive and more accurate diagnoses than current methods.

The TrueField Analyser, a glaucoma testing device, has been hailed by researchers at the Australian National University as offering faster, more comprehensive and more accurate diagnoses than current methods.

The heads of research, Dr Andrew James and Ted Maddess, who developed the device in collaboration with Seeing Machines Ltd, explained how the multifocal pupillographic perimetry produces a more consistent result by measuring pupil responses to just 88 visual stimuli; the device also makes measurements for both eyes simultaneously, and monitors these on a video camera system. These modifications to the traditional testing method produce a faster, objective and reproducible image, and also produce information on the brain and retinal function.

The researchers presented the results of a study demonstrating the commercial viability of the TrueField Analyser at the 29th annual Australian Neuroscience Society held in Canberra in January. Seeing Machines Ltd anticipates the device will be available by the middle of the year.