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Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Jul;67(7):1068-1072. doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1327_18.

Biometric changes in Indian pediatric cataract and postoperative refractive status.

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Unit of Lens, Refractive and Pediatric Cataract, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India.
Unit of Pediatric Ophthalmology, ASG Eye Hospital, Arera Colony, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.



To prospectively evaluate the biometric changes in Indian pediatric cataract and postoperative refractive status.


A total of 147 patients were recruited into three groups: age <6 months, age between 7 months and 18 months, and age between 19 and 60 months and prospectively observed for 6 months. Exclusion criteria were preterm birth, microphthalmia, microcornea, megalocornea, uveitis, glaucoma, and traumatic or complicated cataract. Axial length and keratometry, the primary outcome measures, were taken preoperatively under general anesthesia before surgery. These children were followed up for 6 months to look for refractive and biometric changes. T-test and linear regression with the logarithm of independent variables were done.


All unilateral cataractous eyes (n = 25) and randomly selected bilateral cases (n = 122) were included in the analysis, for a total of 147 eyes. Mean age was 17.163 ± 13.024 months; axial length growth was 0.21, 0.18, 0.06 mm/month, and keratometry decline was 0.083, 0.035, 0.001 D/month in age groups 0-6, 7-18, and 19-60 months, respectively. The visual acuity improved in log MAR from 1.020 to 0.745 at 6 months postoperatively. There was statistically significant (Spearman's correlation coefficient = -0.575, P < 0.001) between age and postoperative refraction. There were no intraocular lens (IOL)-related complications seen in the immediate postoperative period. Peripheral opacification was seen in 102 eyes and central opacification in 1 eye at a 6-month follow-up.


Indian eyes have a lower rate of axial length growth and keratometry change in comparison with western eyes implying smaller undercorrection in emmetropic IOL power for Indian pediatric eyes to achieve a moderate amount of hyperopia.


Biometric changes; intraocular lens power; pediatric cataract

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