Tonometry in general practice--its use in early detection of primary open-angle glaucoma

S Afr Med J. 1986 Mar 1;69(5):309-11.


The intra-ocular pressure of 1078 general practice patients aged over 45 years was measured with the Schiötz tonometer. Primary open-angle glaucoma was found in 29 patients (2.7%) and ocular hypertension in 40 (3.7%). The technique of using the tonometer is described and a plea is made for general practitioners to make more use of it in screening their patients for glaucoma.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ocular Hypertension / diagnosis
  • Tonometry, Ocular / instrumentation*