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Corneal Biomechanical Properties and Thickness in Primary Congenital Glaucoma and Normal Eyes: A Comparative Study

Athar Zareei, Mohammad Reza Razeghinejad, Ramin Salouti


The correct estimation of Intraocular Pressure (IOP) is the most important factor in the management of various types of glaucoma. Primary congenital glaucoma is a type of glaucoma that can cause blindness in the absence of control of the IOP. In this retrospective observational study, 95 eyes, including 48 healthy eyes and 47 eyes with Primary Congenital Glaucomatous (PCG) were studied. Two groups were matched for age, gender, and Goldman Applanation Tonometry (GIOP). Corneal Hysteresis (CH), Corneal Resistance Factor (CRF), and Goldman intraocular pressure were measured by ORA (IOPg), and corneal compensated Intraocular Pressure (IOPcc) was measured for each patient using the Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA). Central Corneal Thickness (CCT) was measured by ultrasonic pachymetry. For each patient, one eye was selected randomly. Student’s t-test and analytical regression were used for statistical analysis. The two groups were matched for age (P = 0.34), gender (P = 0.47), and GIOP (P = 0.17). Corneal hysteresis and CRF were significantly lower in PCG than in normal eyes (P < 0.0001), yet CCT was significantly thicker in PCG than normal eyes (P < 0.0001). The regression equation on the effect of CH, CRF, and CCT on GIOP in the PCG group showed that CH and CRF (P-value = 0.001 and P-value<0.0001) also had a significant effect yet CCT did not (P-value = 0.691). A significant decrease in CH and CRF was found in the PCG group compared to the normal controls. In the PCG group, the CCT was greater than normal. These results showed the usefulness of biomechanical properties (CH, CRF) in order to interpret IOP measurements. Furthermore, GIOP measurement may not be confined to consideration of CCT alone. A low CH and CRF value could be responsible for under-estimation of GIOP in the PCG group, in comparison to the normal controls.


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