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Intraocular pressure of juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) held in different positions
  1. B. Chittick, DVM1 and
  2. C. Harms, DVM, PhD, DACZM2
  1. 1 Environmental Medicine Consortium and Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 4700 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA
  2. 2 Environmental Medicine Consortium and Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University College ofVeterinary Medicine, Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, 303 College Circle, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA

Abstract

The intraocular pressure of 12 apparently healthy juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) was determined by applanation tonometry while the turtles were held in dorsoventral, ventrodorsal, and head-down suspended positions. The median intraocular pressures were 5 mmHg (range 4 to 9 mmHg) in the dorsoventral position, 7 mmHg (range 5 to 12 mmHg) in the ventrodorsal position, and 23 mmHg (range 17 to 33 mmHg) in the suspended position.

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