Non-contact tonometry by assistants

Am J Optom Physiol Opt. 1975 Apr;52(4):288-90. doi: 10.1097/00006324-197504000-00007.


The ability of assistants to screen for elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) with the non-contact tonometer was evaluated. They had ten minutes of instruction with the instrument prior to the study. The estimates by the assistants correlated highly with those of the optometrists. The patients' responses were favorable. It follows from this study that an assistant with minimal training can reliably perform IOP screening with the non-contact tonometer under the supervision of an optometrist.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Optometry*
  • Physician Assistants / statistics & numerical data*
  • Tonometry, Ocular*