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February 1973

Hand-Held Tonometers: An Evaluation by Medical Students

Author Affiliations

Gainesville, Fla
From the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(2):110-112. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040112009

In order to evaluate the Halberg and Schiøtz tonometers for use by medical students, five students used both tonometers. After each student completed measuring the intraocular pressure of 20 patients, he was asked to evaluate both tonometers subjectively. Objectively, the students were more accurate with the Schiøtz as compared to the Halberg, and subjectively, all students preferred the Schiøtz to the Halberg. The students unanimously agreed that further training in tonometry was desirable in medical school, and that tonometry is a procedure that all physicians should be familiar with, employ frequently, and be able to perform with confidence.

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