Predicting changes in measured introcular pressure with non-contact tonometry after LASIK

M. Wevill, M. Hanratty, Richard A. Armstrong

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Purpose: Optometrists are becoming more integrally involved in the diagnosis of and care for glaucoma patients in the UK. The correlation of apparent change in non contact tonometry (NCT) IOP measurement and change in other ocular parameters such as refractive error, corneal curvature, corneal thickness and treatment zone size (data available to optometrists after LASIK) would facilitate care of these patients. Setting: A UK Laser Eye Clinic. Methods: This is a retrospective study study of 200 sequential eyes with myopia with or without astigmatism which underwent LASIK using a Hansatome and an Alcon LADARvision 4000 excimer laser. Refraction keratometry, pachymetry and NCT IOP mesurements were taken before treatmebnt and agian 3 months after treatment. The relationship between these variables anfd teh treatment zones were studied using stepwise multiple regression analysis. Results: There was a mean difference of 5.54mmHg comnparing pre and postoperative NCT IOP. IOP change correlates with refractive error change (P < 0.001), preoperative corneal thickness (P < 0.001) and treatment zone size (P = 0.047). Preoperative corneal thickness correlates with preoperative IOP (P < 0.001) and postoperative IOP (P < 0.001). Using these correlations, the measured difference in NCT IIOP can be predicted preoperatively or postoperatively using derived equations.Conclusion: There is a significant reduction in measured NCT IOP after LASIK. The amount of reduction can be calculated using data acquired by optometrists. This is helpful for opthalmologists and optometrists who co-manage glaucoma patients who have had LASIK or with glaucoma pateints who are consideraing having LASIK.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2005
EventEuropean Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery - Roma (IT)
Duration: 4 Feb 20056 Feb 2005


ConferenceEuropean Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
CityRoma (IT)


  • glaucoma
  • non contact tonometry
  • ocular parameters


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