Bariatric Surgery Can Lower IOP

■ Researchers in Finland performed ophthalmic evaluations of 22 obese women who underwent bariatric surgery. The objective was to determine the effects of bariatric surgery on IOP and other ophthalmic parameters 6 months after the procedure.

The authors compared the findings with those of 15 nonobese women who also underwent ophthalmologic evaluations. They found that bariatric surgery resulted in a significant reduction in IOP (which was already higher at baseline) in obese women. Additionally, IOP correlated to other parameters of obesity such as weight, body mass index, waist circumference, body fat percentage, and systolic blood pressure values.

The authors concluded that obese women may have a significantly higher IOP, which can be reduced through weight loss by bariatric surgery. Their findings were recently reported in the journal Acta Ophthalmologica.