Purpose: To compare intraocular pressure (IOP) assessment in post-LASIK patients using non-contact tonometry, pressure phosphene tonometry and applanation tonometry.
Methods: Sixty-two consecutive LASIK patients were analysed preoperatively and postoperatively with non-contact, pressure phosphene and applanation tonometry. Comparisons among these values were assessed with paired sample Student t-test, Pearson's correlation test and Bland–Altman plotting.
Results: There was no significant difference for preoperative IOP measurement between non-contact, pressure phosphene and applanation tonometry. The mean ±SD difference between the preoperative non-contact tonometry and postoperative pressure phosphene tonometry IOP measurements was 0.80 ± 2.77 mmHg (P < 0.01). Postoperative applanation tonometry significantly underestimated IOP measurement by 5.45 ± 2.96 mmHg (P < 0.001) and postoperative non-contact tonometry significantly underestimated IOP measurement by 9.96 ± 2.25 mmHg (P < 0.001).
Conclusion: Pressure phosphene tonometry may provide an alternative method for the assessment of IOP in post-LASIK patients.