Femtosecond-LASIK outcomes using the VisuMax-MEL 80 platform for mixed astigmatism refractive surgery

Vol. 59 No. 1, 2018


Horia Tudor Stanca, Mihnea Munteanu, Dragos Catalin Jianu, Andrei Gheorghe Marius Motoc, Cristian Radu Jecan, Bogdana Tabacaru, Simona Stanca, Maria Alexandra Preda

Aim: To evaluate the predictability, efficacy and safety of Femtosecond-laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) procedure for mixed astigmatism. Patients, Materials and Methods: We prospectively evaluated for 12 months 74 eyes (52 patients) with mixed astigmatism that underwent Femtosecond-LASIK treatment. The preoperative mean refractive sphere value was +1.879+/-1.313 diopters (D) and the mean refractive cylinder value was -4.169+/-1.091 D. The anterior corneal flap was cut using the VisuMax femtosecond laser and then the stromal ablation was done using the MEL 80 excimer laser. Results: Mean age was 30.22+/-6.421 years with 61.53% female patients. Postoperative spherical equivalent at 12 months was within +/-0.5D of emmetropia in 75.8% of eyes and within +/-1D in 97.3% of eyes. Postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity was equivalent to or better than the preoperative corrected distance visual acuity in 91.9% of eyes. Compared to the preoperative corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), 8.1% of eyes gained one line, 2.7% gained two lines and 2.7% gained three lines of visual acuity. Conclusions: Femtosecond-LASIK using the VisuMax-MEL 80 platform appears to have safe, effective and predictable results in mixed astigmatic eyes. The results are impressive for high refractive error treatment and for improvement of both uncorrected and corrected distance visual acuity.

Corresponding author: Dragos Catalin Jianu, Professor, MD, PhD; e-mail: dcjianu@yahoo.com

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