A comparison of interocular differences in patients with pigment dispersion syndrome

J Glaucoma. 2009 Jan;18(1):1-5. doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e31816f767b.


Purpose: Pigment dispersion syndrome (PDS) and pigmentary glaucoma (PG) are characterized by loss of iris pigment because of reverse pupillary block. The loss of iris pigment is manifested as transillumination defects. Differences in ocular anatomy have been found between subjects with PDS and controls. Our study aims to see if differences in interocular anatomic features are also related to differences in the quantity of transillumination defects between eyes.

Patients and methods: This is an observational case series of 30 eyes of 15 subjects with PDS/PG in at least 1 eye. Patients underwent refraction, exophthalmometry, corneal and anterior chamber analysis by Pentacam, biometry, A-scan, ultrasound biomicroscopy, and anterior segment digital photography.

Results: The Pentacam mean central radii of the posterior corneal surface (cornea back Rm), vertical central radius of curvature of the posterior corneal surface (cornea back Rv), and keratometric power deviation (influence of the posterior surface of the cornea on refractive power) were statistically different between eyes with greater pigment loss and eyes with lesser pigment loss. Eyes with greater pigment loss had a larger back radius of corneal curvature and a correspondingly numerically smaller keratometric power deviation. Other measurements of ocular anatomy were not statistically significant.

Conclusions: A flatter curvature of the posterior corneal surface of the eye is associated with increased pigment loss in PDS and PG. The authors postulate that this could result in a difference in the biomechanical properties of the cornea, increased deformation with blinking, and a pumping action resulting in the reverse pupil block of PDS.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anterior Chamber / pathology*
  • Biometry
  • Body Weights and Measures
  • Cornea / pathology*
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Exfoliation Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Acoustic
  • Middle Aged
  • Photography
  • Refraction, Ocular