Non-invasive diabetes monitor
Occuity plan to utilise our technology platform to deliver a personal use, optical, non-contact, glucose meter for non-invasive diabetes monitoring - the 'Occuity Indigo'.
Please note that the Occuity Indigo is in the research and development phase. See FAQs
Pain Free Glucose Meter
Occuity Design Director, Daniele De Iuliis, used all the skills and experience he has honed through over 27-years in Apple's world-class Industrial Design team to deliver a beautifully crafted concept design for the Occuity Indigo, non-invasive glucose meter. The new concept designs show a pen-sized device that will be slim, elegant, unobtrusive and easy to carry within a pocket or small bag.
Simple, easy and pain-free
A press of the top will activate the device and enable the protected optical lens to pop up. The user would then simply hold the device up to their eye for a few seconds, allowing the Indigo to take multiple scans and measurements, before quickly displaying a clear glucose reading to the user on the front. With no pain and no consumables, the user would be free to test as often as they need or wish to.
Whilst the final production version of the Occuity Indigo is still in the research and development phase, the demand for a non-invasive glucose monitoring device that is a pleasure to own and use is clear to see.
Diabetes Glucose Monitoring -
With its pain-free and non-invasive and hygienic operation, the Occuity Indigo will also be more appropriate for those with diabetes who may find it hard to use current finger stick testing such as children, seniors or someone not capable of self-administering current blood glucose tests.
These concept designs, showcase The Occuity Indigo's friendly and familiar pen-like design. Unlike existing methods, the Indigo will be able to be comfortably and quickly used in a public setting such as a busy restaurant, coffee shop or office. It is Occuity's intention to utilise these design principles when developing our prototype devices.
What's in a name?
The Occuity Indigo's name was inspired by a number of factors.
Firstly, our vision is to make regular glucose testing and monitoring easier, safer, quicker and stress-free - by using light and 'Indigo' is part of the visible light colour spectrum.
The Occuity Indigo will allow those who currently have the hassle of carrying around all the things they need for invasive finger-prick testing, to pick up our device, put it in their pocket and simply - 'go'. With this freedom and "Indi"pendence", we hope to make it easier for people with diabetes to go about their lives less encumbered by their need to check their blood glucose levels.
Diabetes and you
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If you're affected by diabetes or know someone who is, we would love your support and help. Occuity has a mission to improve the screening and monitoring of some of humanity's greatest health challenges - starting with diabetes.
If you believe in our vision, please sign up as only if we have your support are we ever going to be successful in creating a better way to screen and monitor for this disease.
What do you think?
If you're part of our Diabetes Community (or would like to be), we'd love to hear your thoughts on the Indigo name and on the design? Perhaps you have a name you'd like to suggest, or an important feature you would like the device to have. Perhaps, you think some of our other concepts for the device are better.
You can let us know, by taking part in this short survey.
How does a pachymeter work?The Occuity PM1 pachymeter uses an optical technique which means it is completely non -contacting, unlike existing invasive ultrasound pachymeters, which have to directly contact a patient's eye. The measurement principle is a called a confocal scan – a tightly focussed beam of invisible light is scanned through the cornea and the reflections are detected and analysed to determine the thickness of the cornea.
Who can operate the Occuity PM1 pachymeter?As the PM1 is non-contacting and cannot hurt the patient, it can therefore be used by a wide range of operators both clinician and technicians. It is easy to use thanks to it’s intuitive interface and can be taught in mere minutes.
What price-range do you anticipate the device will be in?We intend that the price will be competitive with the existing ultrasound meters. The PM1 will have many significant advantages, such as the fact it is non-contacting, provides a better customer experience, uses no consumables and is safer and easier to operate. The PM1 can be purchased through distributors in each geography.
What practice environments do you anticipate Occuity PM1 pachymeter will benefit the most?Most practice environments would benefit from a pachymeter, primarily in order to better understand the patient’s risk of glaucoma. The Corneal Centre Thickness (CCT), can affect the validity and accuracy of the IOP (intra ocular pressure) measured by the tonometer. Knowing the CCT will allow clinicians to understand if their tonometer is actually under or over estimating the IOP. Many clinicians also make the mistake of not knowing what their tonometer assumes corneal thickness to be. Most non-contact tonometers assume a corneal thickness of 550 microns, whereas the Goldmann assumes a thickness of 520 microns. If a practice is involved in Glaucoma shared care, for example, they should measure CCT and provide this with their reports, along with IOP and sometimes ‘corrected’ IOP. Patients with thinner corneas are at a higher risk of glaucoma as well, so understanding the risk factors is important. However, there are also other circumstances where CCT may be useful, such as detection of Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy in post cataract patients, detection or progression of KCC (Keratoconus) or other corneal ectasia’s and also assessing the stability of corneal grafts.’
It takes just a few seconds – is this for one reading or multiple? How many readings are required per eye?The PM1 pachymeter, once alligned automatically captures over 200 scans each second, before immediately displaying the average of these measurements along with the standard deviation (precision) figure.