3 Signs Your Tono-Pen Is Ready for Repairs

Feb 17, 2023 | Optometry

3 Signs Your Tono-Pen Is Ready for Repairs

When patients come to your office, they expect you to give them an accurate reading of their eye pressure, so you can give them proper advice and an accurate diagnosis. But that is impossible if you are trying to do it with a Tono-Pen that needs repair. If you want to ensure you are providing the best care, here are three signs your Tono-Pen is ready for repairs.

Sign #1: Slowed Calibration

One sign that your Tono-Pen needs repair is that it takes longer for your instrument to calibrate itself. If calibration takes your Tono-Pen longer than normal, it could be a sign that you need to replace the batteries or let the instrument return to room temperature.

However, if the Tono-Pen never gives you a “Good” calibration check, it may be a sign that you are using the wrong technique for the calibration process. It also may be a sign you have a dirty transducer, which you can resolve by cleaning it with compressed gas.

Sign #2: No Beeps or Dashes

Another sign your Tono-Pen is ready for repairs is not hearing any beeps during the calibration process or it not showing any dashes after it displays “Good,” indicating it’s ready. These signs may mean you need to press the activation switch longer or replace the batteries. However, they could also signal a mechanical or electronic issue with the Tono-Pen. In that case, you must take the device to a professional for repair.

Sign #3: Inaccurate Readings

The third indicator that your Tono-Pen needs repairs is the most significant of the three: the device gives you inaccurate readings with multiple patients. In this case, you may need to use a different technique, apply a new tip cover, replace your batteries, or clean around the probe post to resolve the issue.

However, your Tono-Pen may have experienced damage, so you must take it in for repair. Make sure you fix it quickly so that you can return to providing your patients with the accuracy they count on.

By watching for these signs, you can better anticipate when your Tono-Pen needs repair or maintenance. If you are looking for ophthalmic supply companies that can help you continue giving patients an accurate diagnosis, contact us at Automated Ophthalmics. We have what you need, so browse our website or contact us for more information!