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J Cataract Refract Surg. 2000 Apr;26(4):497-509.

Functional, psychological, and satisfaction outcomes of laser in situ keratomileusis for high myopia.

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Corneal Diseases and Excimer Laser Research Unit, University of Dundee Department of Ophthalmology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To identify factors that motivate patients to seek laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) treatment for myopia and establish subjective levels of functional improvement and satisfaction across a range of indices after LASIK surgery.

SETTING:

The Corneal Diseases and Excimer Laser Research Unit, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland.

METHODS:

In this questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study, an anonymous 34-item questionnaire was forwarded to 50 consecutive patients in a prospective study who had had LASIK for high myopia by a single surgeon at a single center. The questionnaire used visual analog scales, anchored at each end by an adjectival descriptor. The mean preoperative myopia was -10.7 diopters +/- 4.4 (SD). Seventy-six percent of eyes (83% of patients) achieved post-LASIK uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) of 6/12 or better; 1 eye lost 2 lines of corrected Snellen visual acuity.

RESULTS:

A 98% reply rate was achieved. The most common motivating factor for pursuing LASIK was to improve UCVA (88%); only 21% rated improved cosmesis as an important motive. Most patients (81% to 100%) reported functional improvement across the spectrum of visual tasks assessed, although 8.8% reported difficulty with nighttime driving. Ninety-six percent felt their UCVA was as good as anticipated, 97.9% were satisfied with the speed of visual improvement, 93.8% achieved the goals for which they had surgery, 97.9% reported an improved quality of life, and 97.9% were satisfied with the overall outcome of LASIK.

CONCLUSIONS:

Using an anonymous, wide-ranging questionnaire, high levels of functional improvement and satisfaction with the speed of visual recovery and outcome were reported by patients after LASIK for high myopia. Nighttime driving symptoms of variable severity were, however, noted by 8.8% of patients, despite high levels of satisfaction with other aspects of visual function.

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PMID:
10771222
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