APR 12, 2019
Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma
In this EyeNet interview from AGS 2019, Drs. Anna Junk, Andrew Iwach and Ruth Williams discuss recent changes in tonometer tip disinfection protocols. All 3 physicians agree that the topic is extremely dynamic. More than 10 years ago, the CDC changed its tonometer cleaning guidelines to encourage disinfection of reusable tips using dilute bleach. A recent Ophthalmic Technology Assessment agreed that the best disinfectant is 10% bleach, which is superior to 70% isopropyl alcohol or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Dr. Iwach explained that each method—disposable tips, alcohol, bleach, hydrogen peroxide—comes with its own risks and benefits.
Learn more about this topic in this article from the May 2018 issue of EyeNet.
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