No Air Puff in Abilene, TX – Avoid This Uncomfortable Part of the Eye Exam
Alternative to the Air Puff Test
Instead of blowing turbo-fueled gusts of air into your sensitive eyes, the iCare Tonometer measures pressure using a light, barely detectable probe. Overall, this is a much more pleasant experience; most patients barely notice the measurement process.
Why Measuring Intraocular Pressure is So Important
You might be wondering why eye pressure has to be tested. Patients often tell us their eyes feel fine and there is no sensation of additional pressure.
However, measuring eye pressure is critical in determining eye health. Increased pressure is also associated with glaucoma, a disease of the optic nerve that leads to vision loss.
Glaucoma is a severe eye condition because there is no cure. There are currently multiple treatment options for glaucoma, but their effect is limited to reducing glaucoma-related eye pressure temporarily. These treatments include:
- Prescription eye drops
- Oral medications
- Laser therapy
- Drainage tubes
- Glaucoma surgery
Benefits of the iCare Tonometer
In addition to being exponentially more comfortable than the Air Puff test, using the iCare Tonometer can make what was traditionally a challenging procedure for patients tolerable.
Many people have struggled with the traditional Air Puff test, including:
- Patients with sensitive eyes
- Children that struggle to sit still (and not blink!)
- Patients in wheelchairs who have difficulty reaching the instrument
Accuracy of the iCare Tonometer
According to a study published by BMC Ophthalmology, iCare Tonometer test results are similar to the measurements collected using the Air Puff test. Air Puff test instrumentation, referred to as the Goldmann Applanation Tonometer (GAT), detected slightly lower pressure measurements than the iCare Tonometer collected.
These findings suggest that GAT technology and iCare Tonometer measurements are consistent. .