Should Orbscan pachometry be performed before or after Goldmann applanation tonometry?

Ronnie Y.C. Huang, Kwok Cheung Andrew Lam, Rufina Chan, Shui Ming Young

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Purpose: To compare the Orbscan central corneal thickness (CCT) values before and after intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement with Goldmann applanation tonometry in young normal adults. Materials and Methods: Fifty-three eyes of 53 subjects who were free from any ocular problems were studied. The measurements included optical pachometry by the Orbscan II system, followed by Goldmann applanation tonometry, and finally Orbscan optical pachometry again. Standard Goldmann technique was adopted with the application of one drop of 0.4% benoxinate and fluorescein sodium prior to the measurement. The same operator was involved in the Orbscan pachometry before and after Goldmann tonometry. Another investigator was responsible for Goldmann tonometry. Three readings were obtained in each case, and the means were used for analysis. Results: The mean IOP of the sample was 14.6 ± 2.6 mmHg. There was no significant difference (paired t-test: p = 0.50) in the mean CCT values before and after the Goldmann tonometry (551 ± 32 and 552 ± 35 μm respectively). Conclusion: Standard Goldmann applanation tonometry does not affect the Orbscan CCT values. Measurement of CCT for the adjustment of true IOP can be carried out either before or after Goldmann tonometry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-445
Number of pages5
JournalOphthalmic and Physiological Optics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2005


  • Central corneal thickness
  • Goldmann applanation tonometry
  • Intraocular pressure
  • Topical anaesthetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Sensory Systems


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