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Tono-Pen determination of intraocular pressure in patients with band keratopathy or glued cornea
  1. Augusto Azuara-Blanco,
  2. Tahera K Bhojani,
  3. Abdul R Sarhan,
  4. C T Pillai,
  5. Harminder S Dua
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
  1. Professor Harminder S Dua, B-Floor, South Block, Department of Ophthalmology, Queen’s Medical Centre, University Hospital, Nottingham NG7 2UH.


AIMS To evaluate the intraocular pressure (IOP) measurements in patients with band keratopathy or glued corneas obtained from affected and non-affected areas.

METHODS 15 patients with band keratopathy or glued corneas were prospectively recruited. When both eyes were affected, only the right eye was analysed. Tono-Pen readings of IOP were obtained sequentially from the affected and non-affected corneal surface. Additionally, Goldmann applanation tonometry was attempted.

RESULTS Determination of IOP with the Tono-Pen was possible in all cases, while Goldmann tonometry was not performed in three patients because of severe corneal irregularities. The average of the Tono-Pen readings obtained from the affected cornea (34.8 (SD 14.0) mm Hg) was consistently and significantly higher (p<0.001) than mean IOP obtained by the Tono-Pen from the non-affected area (14.8 (4.3) mm Hg). The average of Goldmann tonometry readings (14.4 (6.1) mm Hg) did not differ significantly from the Tono-Pen values obtained from the non-affected corneal area (p=0.47) but was significantly lower than the Tono-Pen measurements obtained from the affected area (p<0.001)

CONCLUSION In patients with band keratopathy or glued corneas determination of IOP by Tono-Pen tonometry varies from affected to non-affected area. The Tono-Pen overestimates the level of IOP when it is applied to areas with band keratopathy or with glue.

  • intraocular pressure
  • applanation tonometry
  • Tono-Pen
  • keratopathy
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