Central corneal thickness and corneal volume changes in eyes with and without pseudoexfoliation after uneventful phacoemulsification.


Osmancik State Hospital, Omer Derindere Boulivard Number: 105, 19500, Osmancik, Corum, Turkey. [Email]


OBJECTIVE : To investigate the effects of uneventful phacoemulsification on central corneal thickness (CCT) and corneal volume (CV) in pseudoexfoliative eyes during a 3 months postoperative period and compare these changes to eyes without pseudoexfoliation (PEX) syndrome. Another purpose of this study was to compare the CCT measurements done by ultrasound pachymetry (UP) with those done by the Oculus Pentacam.
METHODS : A total of 42 eyes of 42 consecutive patients with cataracts and PEX syndrome that underwent uneventful phacoemulsification were enrolled in this prospective study. A control group of 42 eyes of 42 patients with cataracts/without PEX was employed for comparison. CV and CCT measurements were obtained preoperatively and at 1 and 3 months postoperatively with the Pentacam. CCT values were also measured with UP. T test and Wilcoxon sign test were used to compare the variables.
RESULTS : The mean age of the patients was 72.1 ± 8.3 and 66.6 ± 9.6 years in PEX and non-PEX group, respectively. In both groups, there were no significant differences between preoperative and postoperative CV (Fig. 1), CCT by the Pentacam (Fig. 2) and CCT by UP (Fig. 3) values (p > 0.05). CCT measurements obtained by two devices were also similar, and there were no statistically significant differences (p > 0.05). Changes in CV and CCT remained stabile at 3 months postoperatively.
CONCLUSIONS : Eyes with and without PEX syndrome exhibit similar corneal features before and after phacoemulsification. A surgery in early stages of cataracts in PEX syndrome, not only provides a non-complicated surgery, but also leads to a less damaged cornea similar to eyes without PEX.


Central corneal thickness,Corneal volume,Phacoemulsification,Pseudoexfoliation,The Pentacam,