Ocular response analyser measurements and central corneal thickness in ocular rosacea patients

Palamar M. , DEĞİRMENCİ C. , Ertam I. , Yagci A.

INTERNATIONAL OPHTHALMOLOGY, vol.37, no.1, pp.7-11, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10792-016-0218-3
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-11
  • Keywords: Corneal hysteresis, Corneal resistance factor, Ocular response analyser, Ocular rosacea, DRY EYE, HYSTERESIS


Rosacea is a chronic cutaneous disorder which is known to cause inflammation and increased proteolytic activity on the ocular surface that might lead to corneal biomechanical alterations. The aim of this study is to evaluate the corneal biomechanical properties of ocular rosacea patients and compare the measurements with healthy individuals as measured with Reichert ocular response analyser (ORA). Besides full eye examination [best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), intraocular pressure (IOP) measured with Goldmann applanation tonometry (IOP-G)], central corneal thickness (CCT), and ORA [corneal hysteresis (CH), corneal resistance factor (CRF), corneal compensated IOP (IOPcc), Goldmann correlated IOP (IOPg)] measurements of 30 eyes of 15 ocular rosacea patients (study group) and 30 eyes of 15 healthy individuals (control group) were performed. For comparisons paired t test was used. Mean age of study group was 45.26 +/- 11.65 (range 25 and 63) and control group was 45.00 +/- 8.91 (range 26 and 58) years (p = 0.865). No significant difference in BCVA, CCT, IOP-G, IOPcc was detected among groups. However, IOPg, CH, and CRF in the study group were significantly lower than in the control group (p = 0.013, p = 0.013, p = 0.009, respectively). IOPg, CH, and CRF parameters of ocular rosacea patients were significantly lower than normal individuals. These differences and their probable clinical reflections that might effect making decisions in conditions such as glaucoma should be investigated in larger number of patients.