To compare the efficacy, predictability, and safety outcomes of 2 femtosecond laser platforms for flap creation during laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for myopia and myopic astigmatism.
Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore.
Retrospective case review.
In this single-center multisurgeon study, patients had LASIK with flaps created using a Visumax 500 kHz or Intralase 60 kHz femtosecond laser system. Ablation was performed with the Wavelight Allegretto Eye-Q 400 Hz excimer laser in all patients. Preoperative and 3-month postoperative manifest refraction, attempted treatment spherical equivalent (SE), visual acuity, and complications were compared.
The 500 kHz femtosecond laser group comprised 381 patients (381 eyes) and the 60 kHz femtosecond laser group, 362 patients (362 eyes). Three months postoperatively, the uncorrected distance visual acuity was 20/40 or better in 99.1% of eyes in the 60 kHz laser group and 99.4% of eyes in the 500 kHz laser group (P=.678). Regarding predictability, 98.6% of eyes and 97.4% of eyes, respectively, were within ±1.0 diopter of the attempted SE correction postoperatively (P=.228). The safety index was similar in the 60 kHz laser group and the 500 kHz laser group (mean 1.06 ± 0.16 [SD] versus 1.05 ± 0.14) (P=.321).
The safety, predictability, and efficacy profiles of the 500 kHz femtosecond platform for LASIK were excellent and comparable to those of the 60 kHz platform.
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