Ocular Conditions

Friday the 13th? Don’t be Scared. No more Air Puff!

When you think of Friday the 13th, no doubt images of the scary movie series may pop into your head. And for some people, the “air puff” at the eye doctor’s office has become just as frightening. Whether it’s the anticipation of the air puff or the actual puff itself, there are not too many people who enjoy this aspect of their visit to the eye doctor.

We are pleased to announce this week, we ditched the “air puff.” While it gave us the very important readings of intraocular pressure to screen for glaucoma, we knew that this was an aspect of the patient experience that needed to be improved. Not to mention we couldn’t help but overhear comments such as “we put a man on the moon 50 years ago but we can’t come up with something to replace the air puff?”

From now on, we’ll be using the Icare Tonometer to check eye pressures. The Icare uses brand new technology which doesn’t need the “air puff” and does not cause any discomfort to the patient. It’s great technology and it’s keeping in line with our mission statement to bring our patients the best in eye care and vision correction.

So this Friday the 13th, don’t be scared to come to the eye doctor—NO MORE AIR PUFF! 🙂

Best Wishes,
Dr. Beach