Intravitreal injections are often recommended for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular occlusions with edema. On average, each patient receives one injection every 4-6 weeks, sometimes in both eyes on the same day. In order to properly and safely administer the injection, retinal specialists use what’s called an eyelid speculum to hold the lids open.
The current widely-used speculum is reminiscent of a medieval torture device. So much so that a version of the metal speculum was even featured in a torture scene from Stanley Kubrick’s movie A Clockwork Orange. Patients often refer to it as "the clamp" or "the cage," and for them, it's the worst part of the injection process.
- It’s uncomfortable
- It poses insertion challenges in certain patients
- Office efficiency can be affected as reusable speculums require disinfection, packaging and a long sterilization process
The Speculet™ is a newly designed reinvented speculum to effectively open the eyelids and provide a comfortable patient experience for intravitreal injections. With the name stemming from speculum and -let (to connote small or tiny, e.g. droplet, islet, piglet, etc.), the Speculet™ is:
- Easy to insert and remove
- Disposable and inexpensive - no need for in-office sterilization and no risk of cross-contamination
Small yet mighty, the elegant design single-handedly improves patient comfort, the insertion process, and office efficiency all in one sterile package.
The Speculet™ incorporates an efficient and unique rotational insertion maneuver for the professional performing intravitreal injections. The instrument is small, inexpensive, disposable, durable, and simple yet effective. Designed to be used by ophthalmologists and other medical professionals during office procedures.
Watch as the inventor Dr. Jeffrey G. Gross, MD, demonstrates using The Speculet™ during an intravitreal injection of Anti-VEGF. Notice the patient's enthusiasm and gratitude for the increased comfort The Speculet™ offers.
WHERE TO BUY:
The Speculet™ is currently in development with production parts soon to be available. We welcome retinal specialists, multi-specialty ophthalmology practices, hospitals, and other interested parties to Request a Sample here in the meantime and join our email newsletter in the footer below to be the first to know when it launches.
Once available, Speculet™ instruments may be purchased on this website.
Patent Pending - USSN 62/826,287