Original Article

Effect of Anterior Chamber Depth on Intraocular Pressure after Uneventful Phacoemulsification Surgery in Nonglaucomatous Eyes with Cataract


  • Tansu Gönen
  • Kadircan Keskinbora
  • Fatih Horozoğlu
  • Özkan Sever
  • Mustafa Yaşar

Received Date: 11.01.2011 Accepted Date: 10.03.2011 Turk J Ophthalmol 2011;41(4):207-212


To evaluate the effect of preoperative anterior chamber depth (ACD) on intraocular pressure (IOP) after uneventful phacoemulsification and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation in nonglaucomatous eyes.

Material and Method:

The medical records of fifty-five patients (30 male and 25 female) were reviewed retrospectively. The patients who had undergone uneventful phacoemulsification and IOL implantation were divided into two groups according to the values of preoperative ACD: 30 eyes in group 1 (ACD≤3.27 mm) and 25 eyes in group 2 (ACD>3.27 mm). IOP was measured using non-contact tonometer preoperatively and postoperatively (1 day, 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months).


Three months after phacoemulsification and IOL implantation, the mean IOP decreased 23.6% in group 1 and 13.7% in group 2. There was a statistically significant difference between the groups (p= 0.025).


The mean IOP decreases in eyes with shallow anterior chamber more than in normal eyes after uncomplicated phacoemulsification and IOL implantation. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2011; 41: 207-12)

Keywords: Phacoemulsification, intraocular pressure, anterior chamber depth

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