How tear proteomics can help optometryODs undervalue ocular point-of-care tear testing
In-office lab testing provides diagnostic informationSimilar to the benefits that the primary care and pediatrics fields have enjoyed following years of rapid strep and flu testing, the uptake of rapid, single-use, point-of-care (POC) testing in optometry helps to guide clinical management and therapeutic decisions.
Incorporating lactoferrin and immunoglobin testingWhile ophthalmic diagnostic lab tests—specifically those targeting ocular surface disorders—have been around for over 20 years, it is only within the past five years that they have begun to gain measurable use.
When corneas go viral: Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis editionThe possibility that a given garden-variety case of viral conjunctivitis is a burgeoning epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) is enough to intimidate any physician.
Nicox to distribute acute conjunctivitis diagnostic test in JapanNicox S.A. has entered into an exclusive agreement with Nitto Medic for the distribution in Japan of AdenoPlus, a diagnostic test that aids in the differential diagnosis of acute conjunctivitis.
Point-of-care diagnostics change the way we manage patientsIn today’s clinical environment, the buzzword is “efficiency.” Eyecare professionals will continue to expand their utilization of point-of-care diagnostic testing in the future, especially in those cases where the procedures can be delegated to technicians. Gathering data is time-consuming, and physicians are best utilized as analyzers of information, not collectors of information.
Health Canada approves conjunctivitis testRapid Pathogen Screening Inc. (RPS) has received a Medical Device License from Health Canada for its AdenoPlus, a point-of-care test to help quickly and accurately determine whether a conjunctivitis infection is caused by Adenovirus.
Tips for tackling conjunctivitisUtilizing a red eye protocol can be helpful in the determination of whether conjunctivitis is allergic, viral, or bacterial.
Managing the acute red eyeHow one practice uses protocol, point-of-care testing for effective diagnosis, management