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Sanchia Chiverton demonstrates on colleague Jo Blackman with Friends volunteer Stuart Bunyan looking on.

A tonometer to measure eye pressure in the Eye Department of St Mary’s Hospital promises to make discomfort and stress more a thing of the past.

 The £2,395 tonometer has been purchased for the department by the Friends of St Mary’s.

Nurse Specialist Sanchia Chiverton explained that eye pressure was a necessary and very informative part of ophthalmic assessment…

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“All patients had needed to have drops to anaesthetise the eye.

“With this hand-held tonometer no drops are required, which is especially welcome with the young and very old.”

Emphasising its popularity, she added:

“We have quite a squabble over who gets to use it at one of the nine consulting rooms!”

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