PURPOSE. To evaluate the relationship between lens position parameters and intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction after cataract surgery in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and in nonglaucomatous patients. METHODS. The main outcomes of this prospective study were percent and absolute IOP change, which were calculated using the preoperative IOP and the IOP 4 months after cataract surgery in POAG and nonglaucomatous eyes. Lens position (LP), defined as anterior chamber depth (ACD) + one-half lens thickness (LT), was assessed preoperatively using parameters from optical biometry. Preoperative IOP, axial length (AL), ACD, LT, relative lens position (RLP), and the ratio of preoperative IOP to ACD (PD ratio) were also evaluated as potential predictors of IOP change. RESULTS. Four months postoperatively, the average IOP reduction was 2.80 ± 3.83 mm Hg (15.79%) from the preoperative mean of 14.73 ± 2.89 mm Hg for nonglaucomatous eyes. The average IOP reduction was 2.66 ± 2.07 mm Hg (16.98%) from the preoperative mean of 14.86 ± 2.97 mm Hg for POAG eyes. Preoperative IOP, sex, AL, ACD, PD ratio, and LP predicted IOP change in nonglaucomatous eyes. Preoperative IOP and PD ratio predicted IOP change in POAG eyes. CONCLUSIONS. Intraocular pressure reduction after phacoemulsification cataract surgery in nonglaucomatous eyes is significantly greater in more anteriorly positioned lenses. Though it did not reach statistical significance in patients with glaucoma, the association of LP with IOP reduction is in the same direction as in nonglaucomatous patients where smaller LP appears to predict greater IOP reduction. Lens position is a simple, easily calculable, accurate, and widely available parameter, which clinicians can potentially utilize in managing glaucoma.
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