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Eye (Lond). 2014 Feb;28(2):118-25. doi: 10.1038/eye.2013.248. Epub 2013 Dec 6.

Optimising biometry for best outcomes in cataract surgery.

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Consultant Ophthalmologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Glossop Road, Sheffield, UK.


Biometry has become one of the most important steps in modern cataract surgery and, according to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Cataract Surgery Guidelines, what matters most is achieving excellent results. This paper is aimed at the NHS cataract surgeon and intends to be a critical review of the recent literature on biometry for cataract surgery, summarising the evidence for current best practice standards and available practical strategies for improving outcomes for patients. With modern optical biometry for the majority of patients, informed formula choice and intraocular lens (IOL) constant optimisation outcomes of more than 90% within ± 1 D and more than 60% within ± 0.5 D of target are achievable. There are a number of strategies available to surgeons wishing to exceed these outcomes, the most promising of which are the use of strict-tolerance IOLs and second eye prediction refinement.

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