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Ying Cui, Xiaohong Yang, Guanrong Zhang, Haike Guo, Min Zhang, Lixin Zhang, Jin Zeng, Qingyang Liu, Liang Zhang, Qianli Meng; Intraocular Pressure in General and Diabetic Populations From Southern China: the Dongguan Eye Study. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2019;60(2):761-769. doi: 10.1167/iovs.18-25247.
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To investigate the distribution and risk factors for intraocular pressure (IOP) among general and diabetic populations in Southern China.
The study participants aged 40 years or older were enrolled from the Dongguan Eye Study, a population-based cross-sectional study from September 2011 to February 2012. Systemic and ophthalmic examinations were performed, and diabetes status was screened based on the American Diabetes Association diagnostic criteria (2010). IOP was measured by a noncontact tonometer per standardized protocol. Regression analyses were used to assess the association between potential risk factors and IOP.
A total of 2112 subjects were included with a median age of 55 years. IOP for general population showed a near normal distribution with an average of 15.58 ± 3.27 mm Hg. Multiple regression analyses revealed that higher IOP was significantly correlated with younger age, higher body mass index (BMI), shorter height, higher blood pressure (BP), higher fasting blood glucose (FBG), higher low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and thicker central corneal thickness (CCT). There was no association between diabetes status and IOP after adjusting for possible confounders. IOP for diabetic participants showed a right-skewed distribution. Risk factors for IOP elevation in diabetes included female, younger age, higher BP, higher LDL-C, lower HDL-C, and thicker CCT.
The present study identifies risk factors for elevated IOP in general and diabetic populations. Younger age and lower HDL-C, as well as higher BP, LDL-C, and CCT were significant factors contributing to higher IOP, especially in the female diabetic population.
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