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First Author: K.Meades AUSTRALIA
Co Author(s): C. Balachandran A. Siu
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To determine the efficacy and safety of combining a femtosecond laser to assist cataract surgery in the implantation of a new bifocal lens.
100 Patients were carefully assessed and selected to have a bifocal IOL (MPlus by Oculentis) implanted after cataract surgery. 50 patients underwent traditional cataract surgery and 50 patients underwent femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. Uncorrected distance, reading and intermediate vision was recorded pre and post-operatively.
At the 1 months post operative visit, patients from the laser group had a mean uncorrected distance vision of -0.01ḟ0.10 and mean uncorrected near vision at N8. 92.9% of patients could read 6/6 uncorrected in the distance. In the non-laser group the mean uncorrected distance vision was 0.04ḟ0.19 and mean uncorrected near vision was N8. 70.53% of patients could read 6/6 uncorrected in the distance.
Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery in combination with a bifocal IOL appears to be an effective and viable option to improve distance and near vision in presbyopic patients with cataracts with faster recovery than compared to conventional manual surgery.