According to many of our patients, one of the worst parts of their eye exam is the dreaded “air puff” in the eye. The purpose of this test is to measure pressure within the eyeball and helps your doctor test your risk for a disease called glaucoma. The “air puff” machine is quick and does not require the administration of eye drops beforehand, so it has been a popular tool in most eye clinics, including ours, for several years.
Thanks to new technology we have virtually eliminated the need to “puff your eyes” – a new device known as the iCare Tonometer has now been introduced in both our locations. It works on a completely different principle known as rebound technology, using a featherweight probe that lightly contacts the tear film on the front of your eyes. It takes multiple measurements quickly and averages them out, resulting in improved accuracy over the old air puff test. Most of our patients have reported that the procedure is very quick and comfortable, with the majority feeling nothing at all or at most a light awareness for the split-second test duration.
Say good bye to the old air puff – book your next eye exam online and try out the newest, most comfortable and most accurate way to measure your eye pressure and test for disease.