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Ocular Response Analyzer® (2nd Generation)

Ocular Response Analyzer® (2nd Generation)

The Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA) is the only instrument capable of measuring Corneal Hysteresis (CH); an indication of the biomechanical properties of the cornea. This information is different from thickness or topography, which are geometrical attributes of the cornea. Corneal Hysteresis represents a tissue property, which provides more comprehensive information about ocular biomechanics. There are over 400 publications about Ocular Response Analyzer in the peer-reviewed literature

The Corneal Hysteresis measurement has been shown to be consistently associated with, or predictive of, rate of glaucoma visual field progression. In addition, corneal biomechanics are the primary influence on tonometer accuracy. Ocular Response Analyzer's ability to measure Corneal Hysteresis enables the device to provide corneal compensated IOP, called IOPcc, which has been proven to be less influenced by corneal properties than Goldmann or other methods of tonometry.

A new CPT® code, 92145, has been published specifically for the Corneal Hysteresis measurement provided by the Reichert Ocular Response Analyzer, effective January 1, 2015.

Ocular Response Analyzer is made in the USA.

CPT is registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

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The Role of Corneal Hysteresis in Glaucoma Progression with Ocular Response Analyzer:

Felipe Medeiros, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, describes his recent 
study using Corneal Hysteresis (CH) — a measure of the eye’s viscoelastic biomechanics properties — 
for predicting glaucoma progression. Dr. Medeiros explains the importance of collecting Corneal 
Hysteresis measurements to better determine patients at high risk for glaucoma..


Corneal Hysteresis & IOPcc, Clinical Applications in Glaucoma:

Nathan Radcliffe, MD and Christopher Starr, MD, both of Weill Cornell Medical College, New 
York-Presbyterian Hospital, discuss  the clinical applications in glaucoma of Corneal Hysteresis (CH) 
and Corneal-Compensated (IOPcc).

Videos: More videos about Corneal Hysteresis and Ocular Response Analyzer are available on the Reichert Technologies YouTube channel.


Glaucoma Risk Assessment to the Next Level: 
The Role in Corneal Hysteresis

A group of glaucoma specialists (including Robert M. Weinreb, MD; Jamie D. Brandt, MD; Nathan M. Radcliffe, MD; Felipe A. Medeiros, MD) discuss data supporting the role of Corneal Hysteresis (CH)–a measure of the eye’s viscoelastic biomechanical properties–in glaucoma risk assessment. The experts give a historical perspective on CH, explain how it works as a potential biomarker, indicate which patients are good candidates and provide guidance on incorporating CH into clinical practice, highlighting important billing considerations. Importantly, they demonstrate how recent clinical research findings show compelling evidence that CH is a powerful asset for assessing patients at high risk for developing glaucoma and disease progression. Copyright 2015 Jobson Medical Information LLC. 
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Clinical Applications of the Ocular Response Analyzer:


The Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS), and similar studies, have brought to light the relevance of corneal thickness in glaucoma. Numerous studies utilizing the Ocular Response Analyzer have confirmed the importance of the cornea in glaucoma decision making, demonstrating that the Corneal Hysteresis (CH) measurement is of even greater significance than CCT. Studies have proven that low CH is independently associated with glaucoma progression. As such, the CH measurement gives clinicians a new tool to help identify risk of glaucoma progression and to determine which patients may need to be treated more aggressively. The CH measurement has also been shown to be predictive of IOP response to medical therapy, making the CH measurement valuable in setting treatment goals and expectations.


Intraocular Pressure (IOP)

It is widely accepted that the measurement errors in Goldmann tonometry are due to the influence of corneal properties. However it has been determined that mathematical correction of IOP, by means of CCT adjustment algorithms, is invalid and this approach is not useful in individual patients. Quite simply, the thickness of the cornea is not a surrogate for its mechanical bending characteristics.

Ocular Response Analyzer's Corneal-Compensated Intraocular Pressure (IOPcc) takes biomechanical properties into consideration. IOPcc has been shown to be less dependent on corneal properties than other methods of tonometry and more associated with glaucoma status. The instrument?s unique ability to simultaneously provide a Goldmann-correlated IOP measurement (IOPG) and IOPcc provides clinicians with a better understanding of patient tonometry values.



The Ocular Response Analyzer enables clinicians to assess the cornea based on biomechanical tissue properties, rather than geometry only. It has been demonstrated that Corneal Hysteresis (CH) and Corneal Resistance Factor (CRF) measurements are significantly lower in keratoconus patients. Furthermore, CH and CRF are significantly reduced following refractive surgery as a result of complex biomechanical changes. CH and CRF provide a more complete characterization of corneal properties than CCT and topography alone, making these metrics useful in the pre-operative assessment of refractive surgery candidates.


Leon Herndon, MD (Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke Eye Center) and James 
Brandt, MD (Professor of Ophthalmology & Vision Science Director, Glaucoma Service, UC Davis) 
discuss the measurement of corneal biomechanics with the Ocular Response Analyzer and the 
clinical implications of these measurements in glaucoma.



What is Corneal Hysteresis?

Corneal Hysteresis (CH) is the difference in the inward and outward pressure values obtained during the dynamic bi-directional applanation process employed by the Ocular Response Analyzer, as a result of viscous damping in the cornea. It is a characterization of the cornea?s energy absorption capacity, which is a function of the biomechanical properties of the cornea.

Ocular Response Analyzer is the only instrument in the world capable of measuring corneal biomechanical properties and Corneal Compensated IOP.



How it Works.

The Ocular Response Analyzer utilizes a dynamic bi-directional applanation process to measure biomechanical properties of the cornea and the intraocular pressure of the eye. A precisely metered collimated air-pulse causes the cornea to move inwards, past applanation, and into a slight concavity. Milliseconds after applanation, as the air pulse force decreases, the cornea begins to return to its normal configuration. In the process, it once again passes through an applanated state.

An electro-optical system monitors the curvature of the cornea throughout the deformation process taking 400 data samples during the 20-millisecond measurement. Two independent pressure values are derived from the inward and outward applanation events. Viscous damping in the cornea results in an offset between the inward and outward pressure values. The difference between these two pressure values is Corneal Hysteresis (CH).




Comprehensive Pressure and Cornea Information

  • IOPcc (Corneal Compensated IOP) - New IOP measurement less affected by corneal properties.
  • CH (Corneal Hysteresis) - Measure of viscous damping in the cornea, providing new indicators for disease diagnosis and management.
  • CRF (Corneal Resistance Factor) - Total visco-elastic response of the cornea.
  • IOPg (Goldmann Correlated IOP) - Traditional IOP measurement for historical reference.

Advanced Technology

  • Patented dynamic bi-directional applanation process enables the only direct measure of corneal biomechanical properties.
  • Eliminates operator variance by utilizing microprocessor control technology and objective measurement criteria.
  • Patient and Operator Friendly
  • No chinrest and a soft, quiet air puff make the Ocular Response Analyzer a comfortable, non-intimidating experience for your patients.
  • Fully automatic alignment and measurement provides fast, repeatable results, allowing any member of your staff to conduct an exam.

Powerful Software Package

  • Enables automatic data capture of all measurements for analyzing trends, treatment efficacy, and diurnal variations.
  • Comprehensive patient management database simplifies record keeping.
  • Comprehensive printout for hard-copy results.
  • Export data for use in other applications.

Ocular Response Analyzer: At a Glance

  • Objective measurements - no operator influence
  • Comprehensive patient management database
  • Improved measurement repeatability
  • Softer, quieter air-puff
  • 2x faster automated alignment and measurement
  • Attractive, compact, all-in-one hardware platform
  • Flexible product configuration for optimal space utilization in any office setting
  • Innovative left / right mounting, 180-degree rotating, tilting screen
  • Easy-to-use, integrated 12 inch touch display
  • Optional wired keyboard and mouse available
  • Optional motorized chinrest



Catalog Number - 
16070 Ocular Response Analyzer System
16071 Ocular Response Analyzer System with chinrest

Tonometer - 
Measurement Range: 0 - 60 mmHg
Display Resolution: +/- 0.10 mmHg
Note: The accuracy complies with ISO 8612 Tonometer Standard

Electrical - 
Voltage: 100 - 240 volts AC 50/60 Hz
Current: 1.5 A
Watts: 40 - 75 VA
Fuses: Slo-Blo(T), 2.5 Amp, 250V, glass type, 5x20mm

Operating System - 
Windows 7® 32-bit, Embedded

Physical Dimensions - 
Height: 17.0 inches (43.2 cm)
Width: 9.5 inches (24.1 cm)
Length: 13.5 inches (34.3 cm)
Weight, unpacked: 30 lbs. (13.6 Kg)
Screen: 12.1 inches


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