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Methods of Measuring Eye Pressure

Taking a reading of a patient’s intraocular pressure is the first step in identifying the onset of glaucoma. High pressure in the eyes leads to high pressure upon the optic nerve, which damages the cells of those nerves and impedes the eyes’ ability to communicate with the rest of the brain. The necessity and sensitivity … Continue reading Methods of Measuring Eye Pressure

Factors Affecting IOP Measurements

One of the most important tasks any eye doctor has is to screen for glaucoma—the gradual loss of vision due to pressure on the optic nerve. Most of this pressure comes from an inability of the eye to drain intraocular fluid. Measuring intraocular pressure, or IOP, using an instrument known as the tonometer has been … Continue reading Factors Affecting IOP Measurements

Ways To Improve Intraocular Pressure Measurement Accuracy

The idea that numbers never lie is a lie unto itself. Numbers can obfuscate, they can mislead, and they can be the results of faulty equations—garbage in, garbage out, as they say in the computer science field. In the field of ophthalmology, one of the most evident instances of numbers’ less-than-truthfulness lies in the measurement … Continue reading Ways To Improve Intraocular Pressure Measurement Accuracy

A Brief History of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology, the study of the eye, is one of the most important specialties in medical science. Though we have always understood the importance of the eye, progress in this specialty has come in quantum leaps thanks to new technologies. In this brief history of ophthalmology, you’ll learn how the study of the eye became the … Continue reading A Brief History of Ophthalmology

How To Use the AccuPen Tonometer

Given the inflexibility of traditional Goldmann tonometers, the advent of handheld tonometry has been a boon to optometrists, ophthalmologists, and their practices. Handheld tonometers make it possible to measure intraocular pressure in the eyes of patients who, whether through anxiety or disability, are not receptive to traditional applanation instruments. Making sure intraocular pressure measurements are … Continue reading How To Use the AccuPen Tonometer

How To Properly Use a Tono-Pen

Tonometry, the measure of intraocular fluid pressure, is one of the most important aspects of ophthalmology. By measuring the level of pressure in the eye, ophthalmologists can determine whether a patient may have glaucoma, a condition in which damage to the optic nerve results in blindness. By diagnosing and intervening, eye doctors can hope to … Continue reading How To Properly Use a Tono-Pen