Measurement of Intraocular Pressure
With the patient’s eyes closed, the examiner
places his or her hands on the patient’s head and palpates the eye through the
upper eyelid with both index fingers (Fig. 1.15). The test is repeated on the contralateral
eye for comparison.
A “rock hard” eyeball only occurs in acute
angle closure glaucoma. Slight increases in intraocular pressure such as occur
in chronic glau-coma will not be palpable.