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Ophthalmology. 2011 Jul;118(7):1236-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2010.12.005. Epub 2011 Mar 24.

Combined correction of axial hyperopia and astigmatism using the light adjustable intraocular lens.

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Center for Vision Science, Ruhr University Eye Clinic, Bochum, Germany. fritz.hengerer@kk-bochum.de

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine whether residual spherical and cylindrical errors could be corrected postoperatively using spatially profiled UV light irradiation in patients with axial hyperopia undergoing cataract surgery and implantation of a light adjustable, silicone intraocular lens (LAL).

DESIGN:

We conducted a prospective, nonrandomized clinical trial. The LALs were implanted in eyes with axial lengths <22.20 mm and were treated with a spatial intensity profile delivered by a digital light delivery device to induce a targeted spherical and cylindrical refractive change postoperatively. Once the desired correction was achieved, the LAL was treated again to lock-in the lens power.

PARTICIPANTS:

We studied 15 eyes of 15 patients with axial hyperopia.

METHODS:

The manifest refraction, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) were determined with follow-up time of 12 months to determine the achieved refractive corrections and their stability.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

We measured UCVA, BCVA, achieved versus targeted refractive outcome, and refractive stability with a follow-up time of 12 months.

RESULTS:

Of 15 eyes, 14 (93%) achieved ± 0.5 diopters (D), and 10 (67%) were within ± 0.25 D of the targeted refractive adjustment up to 12 months postoperative follow-up. Only 1 treated eye showed a change of 0.38 D in manifest spherical equivalent refraction, the remaining 14 eyes showed <0.25 D change between 1 month post lock-in, and at the 3-, 6-, and 12-month postoperative visits.

CONCLUSIONS:

The light-adjustable lens is a promising technology with the potential to reduce the rate of postoperative refractive surprises up to 2 D of spherical and cylindrical errors after cataract surgery. Postoperative refractive errors were successfully corrected with precision and significant improvement in UCVA and without compromising BCVA using the light-adjustable intraocular lens technology. The data demonstrate the stability of the achieved refractive change after the adjustment and lock-in procedures.

PMID:
21439643
DOI:
10.1016/j.ophtha.2010.12.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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