No More Air Puff Test

Medical Office at Midtown Optometry

When the doctors at Midtown Optometry examine your eye health, the most common question they get asked is whether they are going to administer the “Air Puff” test.

The short answer is: no.

With that said, why is the air puff eye test so common?

What is the Air Puff Eye Test for?

The topic is always broached with apprehension, as the air puff eye test is something that many people find unpleasant.

The “Air Puff,” technically referred to as Non-Contact Tonometry or NCT is a way for doctors to check your eye pressure to screen for different types of glaucoma, and it was historically the standard of care.

Why do I say “historically”?

Because luckily at Midtown Optometry we reassure patients that there is now a better way to evaluate eye pressure that we use in our clinic called Goldmann Tonometry. Sometimes referred to as the blue light test, it is a more accurate and less invasive method to get annual pressure readings, and it is the new gold standard in eye pressure testing.

Checking eye pressure is one of many screening tests that our doctors perform for glaucoma at every annual comprehensive eye exam.

Increased eye pressure is something that generally cannot be noticed until it reaches damaging levels, and must be tested for regularly.

Midtown Optometry is a specialist eye care clinic in Santa Cruz, California.