Although we are careful to examine your pet’s eyes during routine wellness exams, occasionally, when problems develop, a more in-depth examination may become necessary. When the doctor needs to perform this more detailed exam, he or she will often use a device called a tonopen.
Through a process called tonometry, which optometrists also use on people, the doctor is able to calculate and measure the intraocular pressure (IOP) of the eye. This measurement is gathered by assessing the fluids within the eye. It is an important test in the evaluation of pets at risk of developing glaucoma.
Signs that your pet may need to have their eyes examined can include red or irritated-looking eyes, whenever your pet has suffered a head or orbital trauma, or when monitoring drug therapy for glaucoma.
If you have any concerns about your pet’s vision or ocular health, please contact us today and set up an appointment with your veterinarian.