Central Corneal Thickness of Normal-Tension Glaucoma and Non-Glaucoma Populations in Ethnic Chinese

Hung Chiao Chen, Jau Der Ho, Shirley Hseuh Li Chang, Yi Hsin Sidney Chen, Shiu Chen Wu

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Background: The variations in central corneal thickness can influence intraocular pressure measurement. The aim of our study was to determine whether there is a difference in the central corneal thickness between normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) and non-glaucoma populations. Methods: This prospective study included 33 consecutive patients with NTG and 33 age- and gender-matched healthy subjects as control subjects. The NTG patients were grouped according to the refractive error into group 1 (spherical equivalent +2.5 D ∼ -6.0 D) and group 2 (spherical equivalent more than -6.0 D). Central corneal thickness was measured using a ultrasonic pachymeter. The mean central corneal thickness of the NTG and healthy subjects were compared using the student t-test and Nilcoxon Rank Sum test. Results: The mean (±SD) central corneal thickness in the healthy subjects and NTG patients was 554.1 (±36.3) and 547.2 (±31.4) microns, respectively. There were no statistical significant differences between these two groups (p=0.411). The median central corneal thickness in the NTG group 1 and group 2 eyes was 545, and 547.5 microns, respectively. The difference was not statistically significant, either (p=0.799). Ten patients (30%) of NTG had high myopia (group 2), and their median age was 38.5 years old, which was significantly younger than that of the group 1 patients (50 years old, p=0.0003). Conclusion: This study indicated that there were no significant differences of central corneal thickness between NTG patients and healthy subjects in our clinic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-55
Number of pages6
JournalChang Gung Medical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004


  • Central corneal thickness
  • Intraocular pressure
  • Myopia
  • Normal-tension glaucoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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