Effect of phacoemulsification on corneal thickness

Jose Manuel Vargas, James P. McCulley, R. Wayne Bowman, Eric W. Johnston, Binoy R. Jani, Joanne Shen

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PURPOSE: To determine the immediate effect on corneal thickness of cataract extraction using phacoemulsification. DESIGN: Prospective consecutive nonrandomized humans undergoing standard small-incision phacoemulsification and intraocular lens insertion. METHODS: Corneal thickness was measured immediately preoperative and postoperatively in 58 consecutive patients undergoing phacoemulsification in the absence of other ocular abnormalities. Corneal thickness was determined centrally and in the midperiphery of four quadrants. The last 17 eyes were also evaluated for the effect of pressure from a Honan balloon on corneal thickness. SETTING: Faculty practice in medical school and university hospital. RESULTS: The cornea thinned in all five of the measured locations, with statistical significance being reached only in the four midperipheral quadrants. Pressure from the Honan balloon resulted in a negligible increase in corneal thickness preoperatively. CONCLUSIONS: Corneas were found to have thinned statistically significantly immediately after phacoemulsification; however, the degree of thinning has doubtful clinical significance and does not represent a significant dehydration of the cornea during the surgical procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-172
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume136
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Phacoemulsification
Cornea
Eye Abnormalities
Pressure
Cataract Extraction
Intraocular Lenses
Medical Schools
Dehydration

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Vargas, J. M., McCulley, J. P., Bowman, R. W., Johnston, E. W., Jani, B. R., & Shen, J. (2003). Effect of phacoemulsification on corneal thickness. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 136(1), 171-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0002-9394(03)00100-4

Effect of phacoemulsification on corneal thickness. / Vargas, Jose Manuel; McCulley, James P.; Bowman, R. Wayne; Johnston, Eric W.; Jani, Binoy R.; Shen, Joanne.

In: American Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 136, No. 1, 01.07.2003, p. 171-172.

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Vargas, JM, McCulley, JP, Bowman, RW, Johnston, EW, Jani, BR & Shen, J 2003, 'Effect of phacoemulsification on corneal thickness', American Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 136, no. 1, pp. 171-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0002-9394(03)00100-4
Vargas JM, McCulley JP, Bowman RW, Johnston EW, Jani BR, Shen J. Effect of phacoemulsification on corneal thickness. American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2003 Jul 1;136(1):171-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0002-9394(03)00100-4
Vargas, Jose Manuel ; McCulley, James P. ; Bowman, R. Wayne ; Johnston, Eric W. ; Jani, Binoy R. ; Shen, Joanne. / Effect of phacoemulsification on corneal thickness. In: American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2003 ; Vol. 136, No. 1. pp. 171-172.
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