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Revista Brasileira de Oftalmologia

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MORATO, Rodrigo Macioca et al. Analysis of the microbiota in Goldmann applanation tonometers. Rev. bras.oftalmol. [online]. 2018, vol.77, n.4, pp.194-196. ISSN 0034-7280.

Objective: Analyze the microbiota prevalence in the Goldmann applanation tonometers in the clinic of the SUS to define the contamination of the tonometers and the efficacy of asepsis of the applanation tonometer cone. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out to collect 60 “swabs” divided into the three aplanation tonometers of SUS clinics at two different times. In the first one, the collection will be performed at the beginning of the visits and at the second moment, the collection will be performed at the end of all the visits. All swabs will be harvested in the Stuart medium and culture was carried to sow bacteria. Results: Of the 60 samples, only one showed pathogen growth, Escherichia coli. Conclusion: Regardless of the various ways the ophthalmologist chooses to perform asepsis, it is essential for the maintenance of good patient eye health, thus avoiding the transmission and propagation of pathogens through ophthalmologic examination, and we also conclude that the method used by our patient seems to be effective in this prophylaxis.

Keywords : Tonometer; Glaucoma; Microbiota.

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