To evaluate the accuracy and usefulness of certain methods of analyzing astigmatic vectors.
Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Using 2 sample cases for analysis of corneal surgically induced astigmatism and an actual toric intraocular lens (IOL) case, univariate analyses from the ASSORT program were compared to double-angle plots of preoperative and postoperative astigmatism and prediction errors.
Certain univariate figures for analyzing the 2 sample cases were misleading. For the toric IOL case, some of the key outcome vectors were inaccurate.
ASSORT's univariate analysis of astigmatic vectors can be unpredictably erroneous and misleading. Recommended vector analyses should include double-angle plots with centroids and confidence ellipses of preoperative and postoperative astigmatism and the prediction errors, along with means and standard deviations of these vector magnitudes.