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Dr. Kennedy The eye pressure test is a standard eye test using a tonometer that determines the fluid pressure inside the eye. The test is called tonometry. Persistent Increased pressure within the eye is glaucoma, a potentially serious eye problem if not detected and treated promptly. It is recommended that adults over age 40 have tonometry for glaucoma every 3 to 5 years. The pressure inside the eye is measured from the outside. The pressure can be measured without anything touching the eye. The patient looks up close at an instrument that blows a small puff of air into the eye and then uses a special kind of sensor (like a tiny radar detector) to detect the amount of indentation that the air puff causes on the surface of the eye. This indentation is normal and only lasts for a fraction of a second. If patients need to have their eye pressure measured in a setting where this type of machine is not available (as in an emergency room), the pressure can be measured with an instrument resembling a pen, called a pen tonometer. An anesthetic is administered in the form of an eye drop and one end of the instrument is placed on the surface of the eyeball.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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