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The need for toric intraocular lens implantation in public ophthalmology departments

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First Author: C.Ostri DENMARK

Co Author(s):    L. Falck   G. Boberg-Ans   L. Kessel        

Abstract Details


To estimate the need for toric intraocular lens (IOL) implantation in public ophthalmology departments by analysing the preoperative keratometry values in a large population of cataract operated patients.


A large public ophthalmology department in the Capital Region of Denmark.


We conducted a retrospective, crosssectional survey of the electronic surgical charts in a 12-year period. All consecutive, non-paediatric cataract operated patients were included. Preoperative corneal astigmatisme in diopter (D) was measured by automated keratometry.


In the surveyed period, 14071 patients (21524 eyes) were cataract operated. Mean preoperative corneal astigmatisme was 1.06 D (SD = 0.90 D). 20% of all cataract operated eyes had preoperative corneal astigmatisme of 1.50 D or more. The proportion was 11%, 6% and 3% for preoperative corneal astigmatisme of more than 2.00 D, 2.50 D and 3.00 D, respectively.


There is a large need for toric IOL implantation in public ophthalmology departments. In effect, many patients with cataract could enjoy the benefit of spectacle freedom for distance vision after surgery.

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