Applanation Tonometer Tip Sterilization for Adenovirus Type 8

E. R. Craven, S. L. Butler, James P McCulley, James P Luby

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Eighty-nine ophthalmologists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were surveyed to find the methods used to sterilize applanation tonometer tips. Sixteen different methods were in use, with the most popular being alcohol wipes (26%) and diluted sodium hypochlorite soak (23%),Six of the most frequently used sterilization techniques were evaluated for removal of type 8 adenovirus applied to sterile tonometer tips. Adenovirus was removed or inactivated from applanation tonometer tip surfaces by using one of the following techniques: soaking inoculated tips for 15 minutes in diluted sodium hypochlorite (1:10 household bleach), 3% hydrogen peroxide, or 70% isopropyl alcohol; or wiping with alcohol “prep pads,” 1:1000 merthiolate, or dry tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1538-1540
Number of pages3
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1987


  • adenovirus infections
  • applanation tonometer tips

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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