By Brooke Strickland

This study examined 144 patients with moderate to high myopia. They were treated and followed for three months. The method included a small-incision lenticule extraction with a femtosecond laser and manually extracted without creation of a flap. When analyzing statistics, only one randomly chose eye on each patient was used. This type of procedure is quicker and uses lower amount of suction and can reduce complications after surgery.

Of eyes with emmetropia as target refraction, 40% had an uncorrected distance visual acuity of 0.1 logMAR or less 1 day after surgery; this increased to 73% at 3 months. At the end of the three months of observation time, results showed that patient satisfaction, compared to other femtosecond laser-assisted surgical techniques was high.

Vestergaard, Anders, MD., Ivarsen, Anders R., MD, PhD, Asp, Sven, MD, Dr Med Sci, Hjortdal, Jesper, MD, Dr Med Sci, PhD. Small-incision lentiule extraction for moderate to high myopia: Predictability, safety, and patient satisfaction. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. Volume 38, Issue 11, Pages 2003-2010, November 2012. Published online September 17, 2012. Accessed January 12, 2012.




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