Total keratometry in intraocular lens power calculations in eyes with previous laser refractive surgery

Michael Lawless, James Y. Jiang, Chris Hodge, Gerard Sutton, Timothy V. Roberts, Graham Barrett

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Importance: Intraocular lens (IOL) calculations in post-refractive cases remain a concern. Our study identifies improved options for surgeons. Background: To evaluate and compare the prediction accuracy of IOL power calculation methods after previous laser refractive surgery using standard keratometry (SK), measured posterior corneal astigmatism (PCA) and total keratometry (TK). Design: Retrospective consecutive cohort. Participants: A total of 50 consecutive patients (72 eyes) at a private institution who underwent cataract surgery with prior laser refractive procedures. Methods: Methods using SK included ASCRS mean, Barrett True-K no history, Haigis-L and Shammas IOL formulae. Barrett True-K using posterior values (True K TK), Haigis and Holladay 1 Double-K methods using TK were also assessed. Post-surgery refraction was undertaken at minimum 3 weeks following surgery. Main Outcome Measures: Arithmetic and absolute IOL refractive prediction errors, variances in mean arithmetic IOL prediction error, and percentage of eyes within ±0.25D, ±0.50D, ±0.75D and ±1.00D of refractive prediction errors were compared. Results: The Barrett True-K (TK) provided the lowest mean refractive prediction error (RPE) and variance for both prior myopes and hyperopes undergoing cataract surgery. The Barrett True-K (TK) exhibited the highest percentages of eyes within ±0.50D, ±0.75D and ±1.00D of the RPE compared to other formulae for prior myopic patients. Conclusions and Relevance: Accuracy of IOL power calculations in post-laser eyes can be improved by the addition of posterior corneal values as measured by the IOLMaster 700. The use of total keratometry may supplement outcomes when no prior refraction history is known.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-756
Number of pages8
JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


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