Upside-down position leads to choroidal expansion and anterior chamber shallowing: OCT study

Fei Li, Hao Li, Jianlong Yang, Jiang Liu, Tin Aung, Xiulan Zhang

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Background To determine whether dynamic changes in choroidal thickness (CT) cause shallowing of the anterior chamber. Methods 34 healthy volunteers were enrolled. The participants in our study adopted the upside-down position for 1.5 min, which was the model we used to study the dynamic changes in CT. Intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation, optical coherence tomography images of the choroid and anterior chamber were obtained at baseline, after being in an upside-down position in an inversion machine and after 15 min of rest. The changes in IOP, anterior chamber and choroidal blood flow between the baseline and the upside-down position were compared. Results Sixty-eight eyes from 34 subjects were analysed. After being in upside-down position for 1.5 min, there was a significant increase in CT from 226.39±52.44 μm to 238.34±54.84 μm (p0.001). Choroidal flow index decreased from 0.3357±0.0251 to 0.3004±0.0190 in upside-down position, and there was a decrease in anterior chamber depth (3.21±0.22 mm to 3.13±0.21 mm, p0.001) and angle opening distance at 500 μm from the scleral spur (0.65±0.24 mm to 0.58±0.20 mm, p=0.007). Pearson correlation analysis showed that the increase in CT was positively related with CT at baseline CT (p=0.001). Conclusion When the body position changed from sitting to upside-down position, there was choroidal thickening, anterior chamber shallowing and IOP elevation with reduced choroidal blood flow. The data provide evidence about the relationship between choroid expansion and shallowing of the anterior chamber, which may be of relevance for the pathogenesis of angle closure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)790-794
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Choroid
  • Glaucoma
  • Imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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