Estimation of pulsatile ocular blood flow from intraocular pressure

David M. Silver, Richard A. Farrell, Maurice E. Langham, Vivian O'Brien, Peter Schilder

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Abstract A relationship has been derived between intraocular pressure and pulsatile blood flow in the eye. Measurements of intraocular pressure show a time variation that is associated with the pulsatile component of arterial pressure. Experimental results provide a means of transforming intraocular pressure changes into ocular volume changes. The eye is represented by a chamber with elastic walls, a pulsatile incoming flow of incompressible fluid (blood), and a steady outgoing flow of blood. Under these conditions, the rate of pulsatile blood flow through the eye can be approximated from the instantaneous intraocular pressure measurements. Data from a healthy human eye are used to illustrate the analysis. 1989 Institution Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalActa Ophthalmologica
Issue number191 S
StatePublished - Mar 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • incompressible fluid flow
  • intraocular pressure
  • ocular hemodynamics
  • pulsatile blood flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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