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Advantages of femto-phaco

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Session Title: Cataract Surgery Outcomes / Femto

Session Date/Time: Monday 15/09/2014 | 08:00-10:30

Paper Time: 08:54

Venue: Auditorium

First Author: : S.Valery UKRAINE

Co Author(s): :    V. Ishchenko   S. Ustimenko   S. Volodymir   J. Hetman   K. Magdych  

Abstract Details


To compare outcomes of femto-phaco and conventional phaco


Dnipropetrovsk’s regional eye hospital


101 eyes of 83 patients with senile cataract were included . 101 eyes ( group 1) underwent femto-phaco( capsulotomy, lens fragmentation, limbal relaxing incisions ( LRIs), if astigmatism was more than 0.75 D ) by two laser surgens using the Victus (TPV) and subsequent phacoemulsification or aspiration only( C-MICS) by 3 surgens with pulsed ultrasound energy ( Stellaris Visual Enhancement system, Bausch+Lomb). Second group included 100 eyes of 100 patients in whom conventional C-MICS was perfomed , using pulsed ultrasound energy with the same machine (Stellaris ). Patients in both groups were matched for age and nuclear density ( LOCS III) . Preoperatively and postoperatively ( 1 day , 1 week, 1 and 3 months after surgery) uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity ( CDVA), endothelial cell density ( specular microscopy EM-3000), macular thickness (OCT) were evaluated. Intraoperatively effective phacoemulsification time (EPT) , BSS volume were measured.


Refractive outcomes and visual acuity are comparable in both groups. Mean EPT and BSS volume were significantly lower in group 1. Mean endothelium cell loss was significantly lower in group 1 ( 6,5% versus 13,2% 3 months after surgery) . Macular thickness was slightly less in the 1 group but the difference was not significant. There was significant reduction of astigmatism in patients with laser LRIs In 5 patients anterior capsule tear occurred and in 2 cases it lead to posterior capsule rupture without vitreous prolapse. In 15 patients miosis developed . In 25 patients different dergrees of subconjunctival hemorrhages occurred. Most of these complications occurred during the first 40 cases


Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery is a safe and very predictable technology. Less use of ultrasound energy and BSS protects the cornea. Another advantage is possibility of simultaneous treatment of astigmatism. There is of course learning curve.

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