Re-One is a sterile medical disposable device for the transport, microscopic observation and handling of ocular bulbs for the purpose of cornea procurement and research in Ophthalmology.
The Re-One has been specially designed in order to respect the ocular tissues, decreasing the incidence of corneal damage during transport and short storage of the eyeballs.
With Re-One observation and manipulation of the eyeballs is convenient and immediate as the eyeball itself does not have to be moved.
Thanks to the Re-One you can assess the suitability of the cornea for transplant with the whole eyeball, there is no need for a corneoscleral button cutting (saving time and surgical instruments). So, if the cornea does not prove suitable for transplant you can use the intact eyeball for education or research.
The device is disposable and can therefore be thrown away after use, without any sterilization costs.
Apart from the above mentioned functions, the Re-One may be used for research and teaching - as the eyeball is stable, its study and manipulation becomes very practical and functional.
SAFE AND EASY
TRANSPORT / SHORT-TERM STORAGE
After collection of the eyeballs from the cadaver, a suitable container is required for the transport and short storage of the eyeballs themselves. It is important to have a container that respects the integrity of the ocular tissues and especially the cornea, so that it reaches its destination (for example, the eye bank) in excellent condition respecting both the donor and the future recipient.
For transport and short time storage of eyeballs many facilities currently use a sterile non-specific container for this function, and try to keep the bulb in the proper position using a gauze or similar soaked in liquid. This method is however not totally effective in maintaining the proper position of the eye ball which is unstable, and consequently there is a risk of corneal damage.
The eye bulb in the Re-One however is stable, reducing the risk of corneal damage during transport and short period storage. Positioning of the eyeball inside the Re-One is easy and fast and transport is safe.
CORNEA OBSERVATION UNDER MICROSCOPE AND THROUGH SLIT LAMP / EYEBALL EXAMINATION
Once the eyeball arrives in specialized environments, the next step consists of the corneal observation (slit-lamp and microscope), to verify the suitability for transplant. Thanks to the Re-One device it is possible to perform the observation of the cornea with the slit lamp (with specific support) and the observation of the corneal endothelium with the microscope* without moving the eyeball from one container to another, thus avoiding excessive handling and contamination risks.
*You can check the quality of the endothelium with an incident light microscope, eventually with camera and software to count the endothelial cells per mm2.
If the cornea proves suitable for transplantation the corneoscleral button is cut away and after this the cornea must be placed in containers and liquids specific for longer storage awaiting the transplant.
If the cornea does not prove suitable for transplant, the intact eyeball may be used for research or educational purposes (e.g. Wet lab), delivering them in the Re-One to the required destination.
MANIPULATION (CORNEOSCLERAL BUTTON CUTTING)
If the cornea is suitable for a transplant, the cutting of the corneoscleral button in Re-One can be performed without moving the eyeball, quickly, conveniently and safely.