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September 1967


Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;78(3):416-417. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980030418031

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To the Editor:  It seems to me unfortunate that the recent article by J. Lawton Smith, et al, ever saw the light of day, and especially in a journal as authoritative as the Archives (77:305 (March) 1967).Most knowledgeable ophthalmologists will, I am sure, agree that applanation tonometry with a Goldmann tonometer is more accurate than Schiotz tonometry, but this does not mean that we should do away with the Schiotz tonometer altogether, as one might infer after having read the article. It seems to me that it is not so much an argument for throwing out the Schiøtz tonometer as it is an argument for going back to the 1948 scale, which has remained official here at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for several reasons—one of which is that readings on the 1948 scale are much closer to applanation readings than those of the 1955 scale. Many,

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