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Tonometry

Veterinary Tonometry

Dogs, cats, and most other species can develop glaucoma, a serious and painful condition in which the pressure inside the eye is elevated. The aqueous humor or fluid inside the eye normally maintains its proper pressure but when glaucoma occurs, there is too much fluid and therefore too much pressure inside the eye. This can occur gradually over time with age or acutely due to trauma or injury. It is important to diagnose this condition very quickly, because increased intraocular pressure can lead to permanent blindness. We use a hand-held electronic instrument, called a Tonopen, to determine the pressure inside the eye. It is similar to the instrument your ophthalmologist uses to test your eyes. This is a painless procedure that we often perform in an exam room after applying a few drops of a topical anesthetic.