The corneal thickness of the center and other 24 points were measured in 31 normal eyes and 246 myopic eyes. The results show that the mean central corneal thickness of the normal eye is 541 +/- 45.29 microns and that of the myopic eye, 544 +/- 35.01 microns. There are no significant differences in the central corneal thickness in comparisons between the left and right eye, between the male and female, among various age groups, and among various degrees of refractive error. However, with the increase of age and increase of myopic refractive error, the central corneal thickness gradually becomes thinner. There are differences in thickness among various directions, the superior direction being the thickest and the temporal inferior, the thinnest. From the center to the limbus, the thickness of the cornea gradually increases, but the values of the increase of the thickness are various in various directions, that should be paid attention to in radial keratotomy.