January 1988
Volume 29, Issue 1
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Effect of cold air on aqueous humor dynamics in humans.
Author Affiliations
  • G J Ortiz
    Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York.
  • D J Cook
    Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York.
  • M E Yablonski
    Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York.
  • H Masonson
    Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York.
  • G Harmon
    Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science January 1988, Vol.29, 138-140. doi:
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      G J Ortiz, D J Cook, M E Yablonski, H Masonson, G Harmon; Effect of cold air on aqueous humor dynamics in humans.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1988;29(1):138-140.

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Abstract

Several parameters of aqueous humor dynamics were measured in 11 human subjects before and after exposure of one eye to a continuous stream of cold air. In the treated eye, I.O.P. was found to decrease significantly from a mean +/- SD pre-treatment value of 14.1 +/- 2.3 mmHg to a post-treatment value of 12.6 +/- 2.6 mmHg. Episcleral venous pressure was found to decrease significantly from a pre-treatment value of 6.2 +/- 1.3 mm Hg. No significant changes were found in aqueous flow or total outflow facility, indicating that cold air exposure decreased I.O.P. by causing a decrease in episcleral venous pressure.

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