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tonometer

 [to-nom´ĕ-ter]
an instrument for measuring tension or pressure, especially intraocular pressure.
gastric tonometer a tonometer and standard vented gastric sump that are incorporated into one device with separate lumens for the tonometer, suction, and vent.

to·nom·e·ter

(tō-nom'ĕ-tĕr),
1. An instrument for determining pressure or tension, especially an instrument for determining ocular tension.
2. A vessel for equilibrating a liquid (for example, blood) with a gas, usually at a controlled temperature; originally so named because it was used with a low gas:blood ratio to allow the gas to approach blood oxygen tension and thus serve as a measure of it; now commonly used with a high gas:blood ratio to adjust the blood to the oxygen pressure of the gas. Synonym(s): aerotonometer (2)
[tono- + G. metron, measure]

tonometer

(tō-nŏm′ĭ-tər)
n.
1. Any of various instruments for measuring pressure or tension.
2. An instrument for measuring hydrostatic pressure within the eyeball, used to detect glaucoma.
3. Music An instrument, such as a graduated set of tuning forks, used to determine the pitch or vibration rate of tones.

to′no·met′ric (tō′nə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.
to·nom′e·try n.

to·nom·e·ter

(tō-nom'ĕ-tĕr)
1. An instrument for determining pressure or tension, especially determining ocular tension.
2. A vessel for equilibrating a liquid (e.g., blood) with a gas, usually at a controlled temperature.
[tono- + G. metron, measure]

tonometer

An instrument used to measure the hydrostatic pressure within the eye. Raised pressure is an important feature of GLAUCOMA.

Tonometer

An instrument that measures intraocular pressure (IOP).
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tonometer 

An instrument for estimating intraocular pressure. It measures either the degree of corneal deformation produced by a known force, or the force needed to produce a given degree of corneal deformation. See glaucoma detection; manometer; intraocular pressure; ocular rigidity; Tonopen.
air-puff tonometer See non-contact tonometer.
applanation tonometer A tonometer in which the intraocular pressure is estimated either by the force required to flatten a constant corneal area as, for example, in the Perkins (Fig. T14) and Goldmann (Fig. T15) tonometers, or by the area flattened by a constant force, as, for example, in the Maklakov and Tonomat tonometers. The Goldmann tonometer (Figs. T15 and T16) is used in conjunction with a slit-lamp and provides an accurate reading with which all other tonometers are usually compared. The Perkins tonometer is a handheld instrument. See Imbert-Fick law.
electronic tonometer Any tonometer with an electronic readout. These instruments act swiftly, the procedure usually being completed within a fraction of a second.
Goldmann tonometer See applanation tonometer.
impression tonometer A tonometer in which the intraocular pressure is estimated by the degree of indentation of the cornea. The excursion of the plunger of the tonometer is read from a calibrated scale and converted into values of the intraocular pressure, often using appropriate tables. The most common such instrument is that of Schiötz. Syn. indentation tonometer. See ocular rigidity.
indentation tonometer See impression tonometer.
Mackay-Marg tonometer An electronic tonometer in which a plunger in the centre of a flat footplate which applanates the cornea protrudes by a very small amount (5 mm). The intraocular pressure is related to the counter force required to resist displacement of this plunger when the cornea is flattened by the footplate. The result is read by interpretation of a graph on a strip chart.
Maklakov's tonometer See applanation tonometer.
non-contact tonometer (NCT) A tonometer that does not require any contact to be made between the tonometer and the eye. Hence no anaesthesia is required with this instrument. It consists of sending a puff of air towards the cornea of sufficient strength to flatten a predetermined area of cornea. The time taken from the onset of the puff of air to the applanation of the cornea (which is monitored optically) is recorded electronically and is proportional to the intraocular pressure. A digital readout of pressure, in mmHg, appears within about 15 ms after the measurement is initiated. The same principle is applied in the handheld Pulsair non-contact tonometer and in the Reichert Non-Contact tonometer. Syn. Air-puff tonometer; pneumatic tonometer.
Perkins tonometer See applanation tonometer.
Pulsair non-contact tonometer See non-contact tonometer.
rebound tonometer A handheld, compact, portable tonometer. It incorporates its own battery supply and digital readout. A pair of coils coaxial to a probe shaft is used: a solenoid coil propels a lightweight magnetized probe against the cornea and it bounces back. A sensing coil detects several motion parameters from the voltage that the moving probe induces. They are recorded and analyzed. The intraocular pressure is related to the duration of the corneal impact, the shorter the duration, the higher the pressure. The probe is disposable and its tip is covered with a round plastic cover to minimize corneal damage. The results correlate well with the Goldmann tonometer, although with slightly higher readings.
Reichert Non-Contact tonometer See non-contact tonometer.
Schiötz tonometer See impression tonometer.
Tonomat tonometer See applanation tonometer.
Fig. T14 Perkins tonometerenlarge picture
Fig. T14 Perkins tonometer
Fig. T15 Goldmann tonometer. The model shown here is fitted with a Tonosafe disposable prism, which comes into contact with the eye; this eliminates the risk of cross-infectionenlarge picture
Fig. T15 Goldmann tonometer. The model shown here is fitted with a Tonosafe disposable prism, which comes into contact with the eye; this eliminates the risk of cross-infection
Fig. T16 Fluorescein pattern seen when the head of the Goldmann applanation tonometer rests against the anterior corneal surface. A, the dial reading is greater than the IOP; B, the dial reading is equal to the IOP and the applanated corneal area has a diameter of 3enlarge picture
Fig. T16 Fluorescein pattern seen when the head of the Goldmann applanation tonometer rests against the anterior corneal surface. A, the dial reading is greater than the IOP; B, the dial reading is equal to the IOP and the applanated corneal area has a diameter of 3
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Mumbai, Jan 21 (ANI/Business Wire India): Ophthalmic instrument specialist Keeler has recently launched its first Applanation Tonometer to rival the Goldmann.
To date, the Schiotz applanation tonometer has been the most widely used device for IOP measurement in the primary care setting.
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The aim of this research was to measure the IOP of normal chinchilla eyes using the rebound tonometer. Furthermore, it aimed to assess whether there were differences in the values of intraocular pressure in relation to animals age, gender and time of day.
Diaton Tonometer, manufactured with precision received Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Research and new Technology in Geneva & the Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Innovation Research and New Technology - "Brussels Eureca".
The concept of the TonoVet (Icare Finland Oy, Espoo, Finland) tonometer is based on rebound tonometry.
The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the labeling of tonometers and other devices that contact the eye and will be considering labeling modifications, taking into consideration the above recommendations.
The use of two different contact tonometers made it impossible to prevent possible IOP changes due to corneal compression or aqueous massage.
Compared to GAT, Perkins tonometers have lower magnification and dimmer illumination; both of these factors could considerably reduce the visibility of the inner edge of the mires, thus causing an underestimation of IOP measurements.
The Goldmann applanation tonometer (GAT) is one of the most commonly accepted instruments to measure IOP.
The most commonly used tonometers in the veterinary field are the rebound tonometer, (TonoVet) and the applanation tonometer (TonoPen XL).