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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-11

Correlation between body mass index and intraocular pressure: A pilot study

Department of Community Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Sophia Louisraj
Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Trichy, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_20_18

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate an association between body mass index (BMI) and intraocular pressure (IOP) in men and women. Materials and Methods: An observational study of 200 consecutive outpatients (90 males, 110 females aged 30–80 years), presenting at a tertiary eye hospital in southern India. Results: Ninety-four (47%) of the 200 participants had a normal BMI, 67 (33.5%) were overweight, and 33 (16.5%) were obese. Of the 33 obese participants, 19 (57.6%) were females. The mean BMI was 25.06 ± 4.66 and the mean IOP was 15.78 ± 3.99 mmHg. There was a positive, statistically significant, correlation between BMI and IOP (r = 0.2013, P = 0.004). Conclusion: Obesity is possibly a risk factor for increasing IOP in both men and women, with an increase in BMI being positively associated with increase in IOP. This is important in view of the current obesity epidemic.

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