To investigate the intraocular pressure (IOP) changes after cataract surgery, and its relationship with refractive conditions.
IOP after phacoemulsification with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation was retrospectively reviewed. Patients were classified into 3 groups by refractive conditions: emmetropia, mild to moderate myopia, and high myopia. Basic information was collected including age, sex, place of IOL, and operating surgeon, with IOP and refractive conditions measured before surgery, and 1, 7, 30, and 90 days after surgery.
The study comprised 353 eyes from 353 patients, of which 175 were emmetropia, 130 were mild to moderate myopia, and 48 were high myopia. A lower IOP than baseline was observed at 7, 30, and 90 days after surgery in emmetropic and mild to moderate myopia, while in high myopia, IOP was instable from 1 to 30 days, and reduced only in 90 days after surgery. Changes of IOP was more significant from 1 to 7 days in emmetropic and mild to moderate myopic patients, but from 30 to 90 days in high myopia. Patients over 75 showed a lower IOP at each follow-up than patients younger and female showed a higher baseline IOP than male. Different surgeons might influence the IOP fluctuation at first 90 days but not the final IOP.
All patients with different refractive conditions showed a remarkably lower IOP at 90 days after cataract surgery. However, high myopia lowered the speed of IOP reduction, which might be explained by the anatomical changes of eye structure.