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Though monitoring IOP in patients with glaucoma is important, it is fairly well established that the higher the IOP, the bigger chance of glaucoma development. Ophthalmologists now need to follow peak IOP’s, daily variability of pressure, body position and effects of therapy.  Studies show IOP is higher at night and when patients are supine. Response to treatment and body position has been shown to influence patients IOP.  For better patient care, ophthalmology should develop better IOP assessment tools.  The future of IOP assessment includes home tonometers and telemetry.  A tonometer in use in the European Union and has been tested in humans. It requires no topical anesthesia and has a disposable tip.  This device cannot monitor patient during sleep however.  Companies are also developing wireless remote applications to measure direct IOP.  Patients could then self-record IOP on their smart phones, forward the findings to their doctor, who could then collect and record the data into the patients electronic chart.   Telemetry tools will allow at home eye monitoring in the future, which would revolutionize patient care with quicker adjustments to therapy, fewer office visits and patients taking an active role in their own care.

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