Corneal thickness measurements in normal-tension glaucoma workups: Is it worth the effort?

Shimon Kurtz*, Inbal Haber, Anat Kesler

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: To correlate central corneal thickness (CCT) and intraocular pressure (IOP) with disease severity in normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) patients. Methods: We conducted a retrospective review of all patients diagnosed with NTG in our institution between 2002 and 2006. NTG was diagnosed according to the glaucomatous visual fields loss, glaucomatous optic disc cupping, and an IOP <22 mm Hg on diurnal curve measurements. Mean CCT and IOP values before and after treatment were also evaluated. Patients were divided into 3 groups according to advanced glaucoma intervention score (mild, moderate, and severe visual field defects). Results: A total of 33 females and 35 males with bilateral NTG were enrolled. The mean follow-up was 4.6 years. CCT was inversely correlated with glaucoma severity. CCT was normal in both eyes in mild disease, thin in the right eye (RE) and normal in the left eye (LE) in moderate disease, and low in both eyes in severe disease. Initial bilateral mean maximal IOP was similar at all disease stages and became lower after treatment in parallel to disease severity: 13.44, 12.22, and 11.63 mm Hg in the RE and 13.29, 12.60, and 12.32 mm Hg in the LE, respectively. There was no statistical difference in disease severity between the RE and LE. Conclusions: CCT correlated with disease severity: the more advanced the disease, the thinner the cornea. Initial maximal IOP did not predict disease severity, but it was lower in the more severe cases after treatment, possibly representing a more aggressive treatment protocol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-60
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Glaucoma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Corneal thickness
  • Glaucoma
  • Intraocular pressure


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