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Open Access Research article

Prospective study of toric IOL outcomes based on the Lenstar LS 900® dual zone automated keratometer

Kjell Gunnar Gundersen1* and Richard Potvin2

Author Affiliations

1 Privatsykehuset Haugesund, Haraldsgaten 139, Haugesund, 5527, Norway

2 Science in Vision, 13860 E. Riviera Dr., Burleson, Texas, 76028, USA

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BMC Ophthalmology 2012, 12:21  doi:10.1186/1471-2415-12-21

Published: 16 July 2012

Abstract

Background

To establish clinical expectations when using the Lenstar LS 900® dual-zone automated keratometer for surgery planning of toric intraocular lenses.

Methods

Fifty eyes were measured with the Lenstar LS 900® dual-zone automated keratometer . Surgical planning was performed with the data from this device and the known surgically induced astigmatism of the surgeon. Post-operative refractions and visual acuity were measured at 1 month and 3 months.

Results

Clinical outcomes from 43 uncomplicated surgeries showed an average post-operative refractive astigmatism of 0.44D ±0.25D. Over 70% of eyes had 0.50D or less of refractive astigmatism and no eye had more than 1.0D of refractive astigmatism. Uncorrected visual acuity was 20/32 or better in all eyes at 3 months, with 70% of eyes 20/20 or better. A significantly higher number of eyes had 0.75D or more of post-operative refractive astigmatism when the standard deviation of the pre-operative calculated corneal astigmatism angle, reported by the keratometer, was > 5 degrees.

Conclusions

In this single-site study investigating the use of the keratometry from the Lenstar LS 900® for toric IOL surgical planning, clinical outcomes appear equivalent to those reported in the literature for manual keratometry and somewhat better than has been reported for some previous automated instruments. A high standard deviation in the pre-operative calculated astigmatism angle, as reported by the keratometer, appears to increase the likelihood of higher post-operative refractive astigmatism.

Keywords:
Toric IOL; Astigmatism; Cataract surgery; Cataract surgery planning; Keratometer; Lenstar LS 900®