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Thesis

A comparison of training time for teaching optometric technicians how to perform Goldmann Applanation Tonometry and Keeler Pulsair 3000

1 May 2001

Abstract

Goldmann Applanation Tonometry (GAT) has long been considered the "Gold Standard" method of measuring intraocular pressure. However, it may be somewhat complex and lengthy for a doctor to teach his staff members. It is proposed in this thesis project that it would be less time-consuming to train naive subjects to adequately perform tonometry using the Keeler Pulsair 3000 (KP3) versus Goldmann Applanation Tonometry. Ten subjects were timed on the length of time it took to learn each apparatus. Each subject was then asked to complete a questionnaire at the end of the lesson. The results showed that the KP3 required half the amount of time to learn than the GAT. Subject response to the questionnaire was in favor of the KP3. Because the Keeler Pulsair 3000 requires less training time and is easier to perform, it may serve as a good screening tool for optometrists in their practices.


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