Skip to main content

Please note that our West Palm Beach office is now open normal hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday Noon to 4:00 PM. Our Wellington office is open Monday - Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 PM. Be sure to stay up to date on our COVID-19 pandemic protocols by clicking this link

computer-eye-2 Telehealth Visit

Wellington

Call (561) 475-5007
Make Appointment

West Palm Beach

Call (561) 459-5832
Make Appointment
Menu
Home » Answers to FAQs » Exam FAQs » Common Tests » Puffer Test

Puffer Test

Most people who’ve had a comprehensive eye exam are familiar with the puffer test. A puffer test is what it sounds like: With your head resting in the chinrest of a diagnostic machine called a slit lamp, your eye doctor uses a puff of air across the surface of the eye to measure the intraocular pressure, “inside” pressure, of the eye.
 
High pressure is a key indicator of glaucoma, a series of eye diseases that attacks the optic nerve.

How does a puffer test work?

Puff tests are quick and largely without discomfort. You’ll look at a light inside the machine while your eye doctor blows a gentle puff of air across the surface of your open eye. A device called a tonometer measures the eye’s resistance to the air, and calculates your internal eye pressure.
This usually takes only a few moments, and while your eye might water slightly, the procedure is generally over before you know it!
 
A puffer test is a part of glaucoma testing, and is a routine part of a comprehensive eye exam. Glaucoma is a serious disease of the optic nerve, and often doesn’t present itself until vision becomes impaired—that’s why it’s so important to have a puffer test to measure your intraocular pressure.
 

 Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide, for informational material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the EyeGlass Guide today!

Screen Shot 2020 04 10 at 11.36.05 AM

For more information click here