Excimer laser surgery for correction of ametropia after cataract surgery

Irene C. Kuo, Terrence P. O'Brien, Aimee T. Broman, Mehdi Ghajarnia, Nada S. Jabbur

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PURPOSE: To review the cases of patients who had excimer laser refractive surgery to correct unintentional or undesired ametropia after cataract extraction with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. SETTING: Wilmer Laser Vision Correction Center, Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. METHODS: In this retrospective noncomparative review of consecutive cases, the Wilmer Laser Vision Correction Center's database was searched for patients who had laser in situ keratomileusis or photorefractive keratectomy to correct ametropia after cataract extraction with IOL implantation. RESULTS: Using the Visx Star excimer laser system (Visx, Inc.), 11 procedures were performed in 11 eyes of 10 patients a mean of 47 months (range 2 to 216 months) after cataract extraction with IOL implantation. Except for 1 patient with a silicone plate lens, all patients received 3-piece poly(methyl methacrylate) lenses. The mean age at time of excimer treatment was 75 years (range 70 to 81 years). Before laser surgery, the mean spherical equivalent of patient eyes was -3.76 diopters (D) ± 2.50 (SD) (range -6.50 to +0.75 D), spherical refraction ranged from -9.00 D to plano, and the highest cylindrical refraction was +5.50 D. At last follow-up (mean 12.2 months; range 1 to 38 months), the mean manifest spherical equivalent was -0.88 ± 1.43 D (range -2.75 to +2.13 D). Changes in mean manifest spherical equivalent were highly significant (P = .03, Wilcoxon signed rank test for paired values). There was no difference between targeted and achieved postoperative refraction (P = .34, Wilcoxon test). Increasing age was correlated with a hyperopic shift (r = 0.525, P = .05). All patients were satisfied with their final uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), which improved in every case. Except for 1 patient in whom an epiretinal membrane developed, best spectacle-corrected visual acuity remained unchanged or improved. CONCLUSIONS: In this series of patients, who were a few decades older than the typical excimer laser candidate, laser refractive surgery was a safe, effective, and predictable method to correct ametropia after cataract extraction with IOL implantation. It may be a viable, noninvasive alternative to intraocular surgery, which has potential complications. Although satisfactory for all patients, final UCVA was not as high as that reported in laser refractive surgery patients in general, and this result may be because of prior cataract extraction with IOL implantation or increased age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2104-2110
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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