Effect of Fasting on Corneal Biomechanical and Structural Parameters

Sarici A. M. , Elgin C. Y. , Dikkaya F.

CURRENT EYE RESEARCH, cilt.41, ss.908-912, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 41 Konu: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3109/02713683.2015.1080279
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.908-912


Purpose: To evaluate the effects of hunger and thirst on corneal biomechanical and structural parameters during Ramadan fasting.Materials and Methods: Corneal biomechanical properties and intraocular pressures of 29 eyes of 29 healthy subjects were evaluated by Reichert ocular response analyzer; and structural and anatomical properties of cornea and anterior eye chamber of same eyes were scanned with Oculus Pentacam anterior segment analyzer. Each eye has been evaluated at 8 am and 4 pm both during and 1 month after Ramadan. Changes of subjects' weight were calculated and their relationship with corneal biomechanical and structural parameters was assessed.Results: Intraday changes in horizontal corneal astigmatism (p = 0.02), anterior chamber volume (p = 0.01), intraocular pressure associated with the Goldmann IOPg (p = 0.02) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) (p = 0.04) were significantly different when measured during the fasting period in Ramadan and 1 month thereafter. Moreover, when we compared 8 am measurements taken during and after Ramadan, we observed significant differences for anterior chamber volume (p = 0.04) and anterior chamber angle values (p = 0.03). Similarly, for 4 pm measurements, there were significant differences for IOPg (p = 0.01) and CRF values (p = 0.00).Conclusions: Fasting lasting for more than 12 h during Ramadan creates an important window of opportunity to investigate the response of anterior chamber of eye to hunger and thirst. The current study contributes to the existing literature on the effects of dietary habits and water intake on corneal and anterior chamber properties.