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    PresbyLASIK versus multifocal refractive IOLs

    Which is best for visual performance & pseudoaccommodation?


    PresbyLASIK treatment uses the principles of LASIK surgery to create a multifocal corneal surface aimed at reducing near vision spectacle dependence in presbyopic patients. This treatment constitutes the next step in the correction of presbyopia after monovision LASIK.1-3 Among the presbyLASIK techniques, central presbyLASIK4 creates a central area, which is hyperpositive for near vision leaving the midperipheral cornea for far vision.5 Positive clinical results of this surgical technique have been recently reported4 and also tested objectively with a light propagation algorithm.6

    In short...
    Multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) can be based on refractive and diffractive technologies.7,8 Refractive optics have been extensively used to decrease near vision spectacle dependence of aphakic patients, with the Array (AMO) being a typical lens.9-10

    We recently performed a study comparing the visual outcomes achieved by patients who underwent presbyLASIK with the simulated results that they would have obtained from a multifocal IOL implant, such the Array multifocal IOL.11

    Performing presbyLASIK

    A total of 10 hyperopic eyes that underwent central presbyLASIK surgery with Presby-One software (Technovision) using a H. Eye Tech. Technovision excimer laser (Technovision and Bausch & Lomb) platform were included in this study. The mean age was 57 (ranging from 52 to 68) and mean preoperative spherical equivalent was 1.28±0.87 D. The mean value and standard deviation of the distance visual acuity with and without correction were 1.02±0.13 and 0.37±0.15, respectively. All patients had a corneal curvature (SimK) between 40 D and 48 D, a horizontal iris diameter (white-to-white) between 11.5 mm and 12.0 mm, central corneal thickness of no less than 500 μm and no signs of cataract observed using a slit lamp. Pupil diameter ranged from 2.5 mm (photopic conditions) to 6.0 mm (mesopic conditions).

    Assessment before presbyLASIK surgery consisted of a complete ophthalmologic examination including topography (CSO topographer; CSO), biometry (IOL master; Carl Zeiss Meditec), pachymetry (Ophthasonic; Technar), and manifest refraction. Distance visual acuity was tested using the decimal scale visual charts at 4 m; uncorrected distance visual acuity and best corrected distance visual acuity were tested under normal light conditions (approximately 90 cd/m2 ) using 100% contrast optotypes. Postoperative follow-up exams took place at one day, one week and one, three and six months after surgery. For the purpose of this study only the six months data was used.

    Figure 1
    The central presbyLASIK ablation (Presby-One) creates a multifocal corneal profile over a 6 mm diameter (Figure 1a). The distance hyperopic correction is applied over the entire 6 mm zone but the central 3 mm of the treatment zone is purposely rendered hyperpositive by a further 1.5 D.

    A 1.5 mm circumferential transition zone of gradually changing power connects the portion of the cornea corrected for distance with the region corrected for near. The ablation pattern was performed with proprietary Presby-One software using the H. Eye Tech. Technovision excimer laser platform. This excimer laser uses a flying spot of 0.8 mm with a repetition rate of 50 Hz and an eye tracker system with a mean response time of 10 ms.


    Dolores Ortiz, PhD
    Dolores Ortiz, PhD is a researcher (physicist) at the Instituto Oftalmologico de Alicante, Vissum Corporation, Alicante Spain. She may ...
    Carlos Illueca, PhD
    Carlos Illueca, PhD is Professor of Optics at the Dpto. Optica, Farmacologia y Anatomia, Universidad de Alicante, Spain.

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