Goldmann Applanation Tonometry is currently considered to be the Gold Standard method of measuring the pressure inside your eyes (the intraocular pressure or IOP). This method indirectly measures the pressure by gauging how much force it takes to flatten the cornea. Just like pressing the surface of a balloon; if there is a small amount of air inside and it feels soft, there is a low pressure within the balloon. But if the balloon is hard and full of air, it takes more force to flatten the balloon, meaning there is high pressure within the balloon.
Some people generally have high pressure and it increases naturally as we get older. Abnormally high pressures can be present due to a number of different reasons but can be a symptom of Glaucoma. Schedule this service today or feel free to stop by anytime.