Misdiagnosis of angle closure glaucoma - digital palpation can aid correct diagnosis.
Lesson of the week, “Misdiagnosis of angle closure glaucoma,” highlights the difficulties that non-Ophthalmologists can face in making the correct diagnosis. Without access to tonometry, intraocular pressure can be estimated by gentle digital palpation of the closed eye. In angle closure glaucoma the eye will feel much harder than if the intraocular pressure is normal. Whilst this is a crude method, it is useful for identifying eyes with raised intraocular pressures.
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