Review Article

A review of African studies on central corneal thickness

Nishanee Rampersad, Rekha Hansraj
African Vision and Eye Health | Vol 75, No 1 | a341 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aveh.v75i1.341 | © 2016 Nishanee Rampersad, Rekha Hansraj | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 December 2015 | Published: 03 November 2016

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Nishanee Rampersad, Discipline of Optometry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Rekha Hansraj, Discipline of Optometry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


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Abstract

Recently, there has been increasing interest in understanding central corneal thickness (CCT) measurements in various populations. This may be related to the influence of CCT in the diagnosis, classification and management of glaucoma. In addition, CCT measurements are also important for monitoring corneal diseases and contact lens wear, indicating the overall health of the cornea and assessing eligibility for refractive surgery. This article reviews studies that have reported CCT measurements in non-glaucomatous African sub-populations. The CCT measurements, gender associations and limitations of these studies are highlighted. The findings of these studies and their implications are discussed in relation to global studies reporting on CCT measurements.

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central corneal thickness; Africa; review;

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