Are there latex-free tonometer tip covers on the market? Unfortunately, there are no latex-free tonometer tip covers at this time. The entirety of Tono-Pen covers available on the market contains latex.
For the majority of eye patients, using latex tip covers are a viable option. The covers provide the necessary sanitation standards to keep your patients safe. As long as a patient does not have an allergy to latex, using a tonometer pen with this cover remains a solid option to measure eye pressure.
What should you do if a patient is allergic to latex?
For the one to six percent of the population in the U.S.A with a latex allergy, what are the options? Since there are no current possibilities to compare latex versus latex-free tonometer tip covers, professionals do not recommend using a contact method, such as the Tono-Pen. Although tonometer pens themselves are latex-free, you should not use them without a tip cover. And as was mentioned above, tip covers for tonometer pens contain latex. Choosing to use a tonometer pen without a tip cover should never be a solution to avoid potential latex allergies. Doing so may cause detrimental harm to your patients via eye infections or disease. Covers are a necessary precaution to ensure safety and sanitation.
However, there are other methods for measuring pressure for patients with latex allergies that you can employ. Methods such as the use of air-puff tonometry should be the starting point if you know your patient has or may have a reaction to latex covers.
Additional information on latex-free tonometer tip covers
For additional information on tonometer tip covers, please contact a representative at Automated Ophthalmics. At Automated Ophthalmics, we offer industry-standard supplies, tune-ups, and repair services for tonometer pens.