We are the international distributor for SMTube - a rapid 5 seconds tear function test of Dry Eyes and our representation covers the global continents notably the North American, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Asia Pacific (excluding S.Korea) , Middle Eastern (excluding Turkey), Mediterranean, African , South American, Australian & Oceanic countries.

Dry Eye disease is one of the most common tear dysfunction and remains one of the most common reasons for patients to seek medical care. Dry Eyes can affect a significant percentage of the population and it is common to hear of reports suggesting that between 3 - 30% of the population in different countries of the world showing symptoms of Dry Eyes.

In the diagnosis of Dry Eye disease, tests and procedures are used and one of these includes measuring the tear volume. A new method, termed Strip Meniscometry, aims to aid the efficacy, handiness, and rapidity in the measurement of tear volume during a tear function test.

Strip Meniscometry is a novel methodology of tear function test which was developed and its clinical trial was carried out in 2006¹. This new methodology measures the tear volume rapidly (5 seconds) without necessarily touching the conjunctiva or cornea. A second clinical trial in 2011² was published on the evaluation of the sensitivity and specificity of this new methodology. Based on this methodology, a disposable device called Strip Meniscometry Tube (hereinafter called SMTube) was developed to conveniently put Strip Meniscometry method into practice to improve user and patient experiences and comfort.

What is SMTube?

SMTube is a thin long structure(Size: L 85mm W 7mm H 0.3mm) with a central ditch filled with absorber and natural blue dye are placed at the ends of tip structure. Each SMTube is meant to be used for both Left and Right eyes.

 

How Does SMTube work?

When SMTube is applied to the lateral lower lid tear meniscus, SMTube absorbs tears owing to the capillary action of absorber located in the central ditch. The Blue dye indicator placed initially at the end of SMTube moves with absorbed tear, and after 5 seconds, the length of the stained tear column can be read to evaluate tear function.

 
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SMTube has US FDA clearance, Japan MHLW clearance , and cleared for use in EU. References ¹ and ² are available upon request.

 
     
 
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