Effect of High Altitude Exposure on Intraocular Pressure Using Goldmann Applanation Tonometry.
Willmann G., Schommer K., Schultheiss M., Fischer MD., Bartz-Schmidt K-U., Gekeler F., Schatz A.
Willmann, Gabriel, Kai Schommer, Maximilian Schultheiss, M. Dominik Fischer, Karl-Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Florian Gekeler, and Andreas Schatz. Effect of high altitude exposure on intraocular pressure using Goldmann applanation tonometry. High Alt Med Biol. 18:114-120, 2017. AIMS: The aim of the study was to quantify changes of intraocular pressure (IOP) during exposure to 4559 m using the state-of-the-art method of Goldmann applanation tonometry for IOP measurement and to detect correlations between IOP and acute mountain sickness (AMS) in a prospective manner. METHODS: IOP was measured using a Goldmann applanation tonometer AT 900® (Haag-Streit, Switzerland) and central corneal thickness (CCT) with the anterior segment module of a Spectralis™ HRA+OCT® device (Heidelberg Engineering, Germany) at baseline and high altitude. Assessment of AMS was performed using the Lake Louise and AMS-C questionnaires, and Pearson's correlation coefficient was calculated for association between IOP and AMS. RESULTS: Raw IOP values at high altitude were not significantly changed compared to baseline. IOP adjusted to the increase in CCT at high altitude, which is known to alter IOP levels, showed a significant reduction for corrected IOP values on day 3 of exposure (morning -2.1 ± 1.2 mmHg; evening -2.3 ± 1.1 mmHg; p