Purpose: To assess intrasessional and intersessional repeatability of two commercial partial coherence interferometry instruments for measuring peripheral eye lengths and to investigate the agreement between the two instruments.
Methods: Central and peripheral eye lengths were determined with the IOLMaster (Carl-Zeiss Meditec AG, Jena, Germany) and the Lenstar (Haag Streit, Bern, Switzerland) in seven adults. Measurements were performed out to 35° and 30° from fixation for horizontal and vertical visual fields, respectively, in 5° intervals. An external fixation target at optical infinity was used. At least four measurements were taken at each location for each instrument, and measurements were taken at two sessions.
Results: The mean intrasessional SDs for the IOLMaster along both the horizontal and vertical visual fields were 0.04 ± 0.04 mm; corresponding results for the Lenstar were 0.02 ± 0.02 mm along both fields. The intersessional SDs for the IOLMaster for the horizontal and vertical visual fields were ±0.11 and ±0.08 mm, respectively; corresponding limits for the Lenstar were ±0.05 and ±0.04 mm. The intrasessional and intersessional variability increased away from fixation. The mean differences between the two instruments were 0.01 ± 0.07 mm and 0.02 ± 0.07 mm in the horizontal and vertical visual fields, but the lengths with the Lenstar became greater than those with the IOLMaster as axial length increased (rate of approximately 0.016 mm/mm).
Conclusions: Both the IOLMaster and the Lenstar demonstrated good intrasessional and intersessional repeatability for peripheral eye length measurements, with the Lenstar showing better repeatability. The Lenstar would be expected to give a slightly greater range of eye lengths than the IOLMaster across the visual field.