PURPOSE To determine whether iris blood flow (IBF) is regulated in response to an acute decrease in mean ocular perfusion pressure (PPm = MOAP-IOP, MOAP = mean ophthalmic arterial pressure) induced by increasing the intraocular pressure (IOP). METHODS Iris blood flow was measured using a slit lamp incorporating a laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) module. The study was conducted on 12 normal volunteers (14 to 59 years old). IOP was raised using a scleral suction cup. In Exp. #1, the suction pressure was successively raised in steps of 50 to 100 mm Hg, each lasting about 10 sec, until IOP reached the MOAP level. In Exp. #2, the suction was raised to 200 mm Hg in 4 successive steps of 2 min duration. RESULTS In Exp. #1, no significant change of IBF was observed for small decreases of PPm ( 23%).