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What is a tonometer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A tonometer is an instrument used to measure the intraocular pressure, or pressure within the eye. This instrument is used first to screen for glaucoma. The doctor will numb your eyes and then will use a tonometer to measure pressure. The tonometry process is painless.

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