Completely automated tracking and capture, intuitive touch screen interface, EHR integration.
Puffer mechanism is very similar to older generation Reicherts– uncooperative patients are difficult to align/capture with no chin rest.
The Reichert 7 is a well thought-out successor of the AT-550 that still maintain basically full autonomy non-contact tonometry.
The Reichert 7 is (you guessed it), Reichert’s seventh attempt at a non-contact tonometer. We’re not really sure what the seven before this one was/were but we do know that the Reichert AT-550 of before was a great little NCT back in the day and this new model seems to operate quite the same; Acme still sells (and quite likes) the AT-550. So naturally we were immediately curious to know what’s been fitted as new on the all-new 7th generation model and how it’s improved from the 550 era. Firstly and immediately noticeable, the Reichert 7 has been fitted with completely new hardware (besides some strange things like the same forehead rest pad), including an all new and original design– one we think is quite stunning. The display is also all-new featuring a larger touch-color-LCD screen with a much improved user interface platform. It’s also quicker, easier, and a touch more accurate. Yet we can’t help but notice that the 7’s applanation ‘puffer’ is much the same as last model year’s. Although the stepper motors and the LED sensors circuitry is all improved, the nozzle itself and the actual air-pump is exactly the same meaning the puff is just as intense and positioning is just as important. Since the Reichert 7 is entirely automatic, it relies exclusively on the positioning and compliance of the patient– several blinks or an incorrect forehead angle and the system will not acquire an IOP accurately or in some cases not at all. This stresses the importance of the operator properly aligning the patient and perhaps acquiring several (more than comfortable) ‘puffs’ to ensure accuracy. There is no ‘manual mode’ thus the Reichert 7 may not be ideal for the extreme elderly or extreme youth. With that being said, the Reichert 7 is completely automated! Notice our use of exclamation because, with the compliant patient, the instrument does all the work itself, without any requirement of axis alignment or “planning blinks.” All that’s required is the simple touch of the “Start” button and the unit goes to work swiftly auto-aligning and auto-capturing IOPs employing all-new LED sensors that are indeed much improved from the AT-550. The new UI displays it simply and the updated thermal line printer marks it quickly– plus, new EHR capability via USB.