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Long-term results of refractive lenticule extraction ReLEx smile compared to Femto-LASIK

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Session Title: Refractive
Session Date/Time: Sunday 28/02/2016 | 08:30-11:00
Paper Time: 10:30
Venue: Skalkotas
First Author: : E.Taylor GERMANY
Co Author(s): :    D. Breyer   H. Kaymak   K. Klabe   P. Hagen   F. Kretz   G. Auffarth

Abstract Details

Purpose:

The aim of this retrospective quality management investigation was to answer the question whether 3 years after surgery, the visual outcomes for ReLEx smile are as safe, predictable and efficient as those after Femto-LASIK.

Setting:

All ReLEx smile (VisuMax, CZM) treatments and follow-ups were performed at the Breyer-Kaymak-Klabe Eyesurgery in Duesseldorf, Germany, which is part of the International Vision Correcton Research Center (IVCRC.net).

Methods:

So far the results of 700 eyes in the ReLEx smile group (cap thickness ranging from 120-150 μm) and 400 eyes operated with Femto-LASIK (flap thickness 100-120 µm) in the control group are evaluated. Follow up was performed between 1 day and 3 years after treatment. For clinical evaluation, visual acuity at far, subjective refraction and wave front analysis (KR-1W, Topcon) were compared. Additionally patient questionnaires were evaluated for dry eye symptoms, comfort and recovery time.

Results:

Concerning safety, predictability and efficiency we could not detect significant differences between both methods. Both groups showed a mean monocular UDVA of <0.05LogMAR 1 year after surgery which remained stable within the 3 years follow up period. Visual recovery with the ReLEx smile group was as fast as with the flap-based LASIK. There were significantly lower total higher order aberrations in the ReLEx smile group.

Conclusions:

Three years after surgery, ReLEx smile and Femto-LASIK show equally good results in terms of safety, predictability and efficacy. However, no dry eyes were observed in the ReLEx smile group compared to the Femto-LASIK group. Therefore, we clearly favor the ReLEx smile technique in patients who ask for painless refractive correction.

Financial Disclosure:

One or more of the authors receives consulting fees, retainer, or contract payments from a company producing, developing or supplying the product or procedure presented, One or more of the authors travel has been funded, fully or partially, by a competing company, One or more of the authors travel has been funded, fully or partially, by a company producing, developing or supplying the product or procedure presented, One or more of the authors receives consulting fees, retainer, or contract payments from a competing company

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