Assessment and comparison of anterior chamber dimensions using various imaging techniques

Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2010 Jan-Feb;41(1):115-22. doi: 10.3928/15428877-20091230-21.


Background and objective: To assess and compare the horizontal dimensions of the anterior chamber by different anterior segment imaging techniques.

Patients and methods: Eighty eyes of 40 patients without any ocular disease or previous ocular surgery were recruited and three consecutive measurements of internal anterior chamber diameter and white-to-white distance (WTW) parameters were determined.

Results: Mean internal anterior chamber diameter was 11.80 +/- 0.39, 11.56 +/- 0.47, and 11.61 +/- 0.58 mm with Visante-OCT, SL-OCT, and Pentacam, respectively. Mean WTW distance was 11.87 +/- 0.35 and 11.65 +/- 0.32 mm by IOLMaster and OrbscanIIz, respectively. There was no significant difference between Visante-OCT and Pentacam, IOLMaster, and OrbscanIIz (P = .125, .918, and .314). However, detection of mean internal anterior chamber diameter was significantly greater by Visante-OCT than SL-OCT (P = .026). All devices displayed a high intrasession repeatability (repeated measured ANOVA, P > .05).

Conclusion: Internal anterior chamber diameter measurements using Visante-OCT, SL-OCT, and Pentacam, and WTW measurements using IOLMaster and OrbscanIIz were easy to handle and demonstrated good repeatability. Although similar results of horizontal anterior chamber diameter were determined by Visante-OCT, Pentacam, IOLMaster, and OrbscanIIz, the inter-device differences should be considered during clinical practice.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anterior Chamber / anatomy & histology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interferometry / methods*
  • Male
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence / methods*
  • Young Adult