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    Interim study results favor femtosecond laser astigmatic keratotomy procedure

    Dr. StodulkaCzech Republic—Preliminary results from a single center phase IV study support the safety and efficacy of femtosecond laser astigmatic keratotomy in patients undergoing cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange, said Pavel Stodulka, MD, PhD.

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    The study plans to treat 50 eyes and follow them for 1 year, according to Dr. Stodulka, the operating surgeon in the single center study that is evaluating laser astigmatic keratotomy using the Victus Femtosecond Laser Platform (Technolas, Bausch + Lomb).

    So far, 19 eyes with an average preoperative manifest cylinder had completed follow-up. At 1 year, manifest cylinder averaged 0.17 D and was ≤0.5 D in 95% of eyes, said Dr. Stodulka, chief executive officer, Gemini Eye Clinic, Czech Republic.

    Eye after the femtosecond laser capsultomy, fragmentation and arcuate incisions before the manual intraocular part of surgery (Images courtesy of Pavel Stodulka, MD, PhD).

    He reported that the astigmatic correction was stable during follow-up and distance best corrected visual acuity was unchanged or improved compared with the preoperative level in all eyes. Among 27 eyes seen at 6 months, 75% had ≤0.5 D of residual cylinder.

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