The corneal-thickness profile in Hong Kong Chinese

Cornea. 1998 Jul;17(4):384-8. doi: 10.1097/00003226-199807000-00008.


Purpose: This study investigated the topographic corneal thickness in four groups of Hong Kong Chinese.

Methods: The corneal thickness was determined with an ultrasound pachometer mounted on a X-Y plate. A head rest was used to reduce further any movement from the subject during the measurement. After the central cornea was measured, the peripheral cornea was determined on nasal, temporal, superior, and inferior regions, 2 and 5 mm from the corneal center.

Results: The corneal thickness was not significantly different between the right and left eyes. For the right eye, there was no significant thickness difference for the four quadrants at a midperipheral and peripheral region, respectively. There was a general thinning of the corneal thickness at all regions from aging but no difference between the genders.

Conclusion: The corneal thickness in our subjects was similar to that in other studies. The mean central corneal thickness varied from 541.7 (m to 560.8 microm, dependent on age. This study provides some information for the future studies of Chinese corneal thickness.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anthropometry
  • Asians*
  • China / ethnology
  • Cornea / anatomy & histology*
  • Cornea / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Hong Kong / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Ultrasonography