Corneal arcus "associated with eye pressure"

Corneal arcus "associated with eye pressure"

The common eye problem corneal arcus may be associated with elevated eye pressure, according to a new report.

A study published in a recent issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, shows that corneal arcus was present in the right eyes of 57.9 per cent of people with elevated eye pressure.

After adjusting for age, sex and other factors, eyes with corneal arcus also tended to have higher intraocular pressure, thicker corneas and altered corneal curvatures, the specialists found.

The authors commented: "There is no known explanation. There may be changes in biomechanical properties of the cornea in eyes with corneal arcus, as such mechanisms are emerging as important clinical variables that may affect intraocular pressure measurements."

In other research presented at a recent Scientific Programme of the Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Middle East-Africa Council of Ophthalmology, experts claimed that corneal inlays provide short-sighted people with an effective way of improving their vision. 

by Emily Tait

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