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Clinical Use of a New Position-independent Icare rebound tonometer

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Methods:

Ninety-nine right eyes of 99 patients with glaucoma or suspect for glaucoma, admitted to our department between November 2010 and January 2011 to obtain an IOP profile including supine measurements, were included in our study. IOP measurements were obtained in an upright position using an Icare PRO rebound (RTPRO), a Goldmann applanation (GAT), and a Pascal dynamic contour tonometer (DCT). In the supine position, IOP measurements were taken using the RTPRO and a Perkins handheld applanation tonometer (PAT). The means and SDs for all tonometers were compared. Agreement between the tonometers was calculated using the Bland-Altman method.

Results:

The mean IOPs obtained in the upright position were 17.7 ± 8.0mm Hg (RTPRO), 17.6 ± 7.8mm Hg (GAT), and 19.9 ± 6.6mm Hg (DCT). Correlation analysis of these data indicated a good correlation between IOP readings obtained using RTPRO and GAT (r=0.951; P<0.001), and RTPRO and DCT (r=0.897; P<0.001). Bland-Altman analysis revealed mean differences (bias) between RTPRO and GAT, and between RTPRO and DCT of 0.1mm Hg and -1.8mm Hg, with 95% limits of agreement of -3.6 to 3.8mm Hg and -7.3 to 3.6mm Hg, respectively. In the supine position, the mean IOPs were 19.2 ± 6.4mm Hg using the RTPRO and 19.6 ± 6.2mm Hg using the PAT.

Conclusions:

Measurements obtained with the RTPRO, either in the upright or in the supine position, show good correlation and agreement with those provided by applanation and dynamic contour tonometry. The study was registered with the DRKS (German Clinical Trials Register; www.germanctr.de; DRKS00000581).

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