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Pressure in the eye is called intraocular pressure (IOP). Tonometry tests the amount of pressure in the eye.
Elevated eye pressure can lead to eye damage. This may be part of a disease called glaucoma . If left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. Tonometry is used to screen for glaucoma. It is also used to monitor the treatment of glaucoma.
You may have ocular hypertension. This happens when pressure is elevated but is not caused by glaucoma.
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Call Your Doctor
After the test, call your doctor if you have any of the following eye discomforts:
- Excessive itching
- Pink or reddish color that does not go away
- Decreased vision
- Any other eye problem
In case of an emergency, CALL 911.