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(1st Sat. of Month ONLY)
August 29, 2012
By Eola Eyes, Doctors of Optometry
There are many health screening tests that, as patients, we often put off due to the discomfort and anxiety we associate with the tests. While we hope you never dread your visit to the eye doctor as much as your next blood draw or colonoscopy, we know the “air puff” test performed at many eye care practices is dreaded by many patients. If you, too, hate that puff of air that makes you jump out of your seat when shot at your eye, we have good news for you – there is NO PUFF at Eola Eyes!
The “air puff” test (also known as NCT, which stands for non-contact tonometry) is one of several ways to perform tonometry. Tonometry is an important part of every eye exam because it measures your intraocular pressure (IOP) and is a screening for the eye disease glaucoma. IOP is the fluid pressure inside the eye. Your eyes are constantly creating new fluid and flushing out the old fluid. When this purging system stalls or doesn’t work correctly, the pressure in the eye can start to rise, causing nerve damage and vision loss. This happens slowly and without symptoms that you can feel, so it’s important to have your eyes examined regularly by your optometrist.
At Eola Eyes, we are constantly striving to implement new technologies and methods to improve our patients’ experience. We believe in using comfortable techniques for tonometry, which are also more effective and accurate than the air puff. Our doctors use the iCare tonometer to quickly and painlessly measure IOP and screen for glaucoma in our patients’ annual exams. Patients love the iCare instrument compared to all other tonometers because it requires no puff and no eye drops to perform. For patients who have high IOP as measured by the iCare or as a known part of their ocular health history, we also use the Goldmann tonometer to monitor the IOP the same way glaucoma specialists do. Rest assured, though, there is never, ever a puff involved!
To schedule your “no-puff” appointment at our office, call us at 407.447.7739 or visit our office in the Mills 50 District, just outside of Downtown Orlando and a block north of the Downtown YMCA.