Biometer yields quicker measurements

December 15, 2010

The newest version of a biometer that some call the industry's gold standard makes it possible to measure axial length through dense cataracts quickly and easily prior to cataract surgery without having to resort to immersion ultrasound.

The device (IOLMaster 500, Carl Zeiss Meditec), which received FDA marketing clearance last month (Nov. 8), also allows technicians to calculate keratometry and axial length simultaneously to help physicians select the optimal IOL following cataract removal.

"This newer version is light years better than the initial versions of the [device]," said Alice Epitropoulos, MD, assistant clinical professor at The Ohio State University and a cataract specialist in Columbus, OH, who has used the biometer since June.

"There's no question that the IOLMaster is the gold standard," Dr. Epitropoulos said.