Comparison of methods to measure corneal power for intraocular lens power calculation using a rotating Scheimpflug camera

Giacomo Savini, Piero Barboni, Michele Carbonelli, Kenneth J. Hoffer

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Abstract

Purpose: To assess the accuracy of corneal power measurements provided by a Scheimpflug camera (Pentacam HR) for intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation in unoperated eyes and compare the results with those of simulated keratometry (SimK) performed with a Placido-disk corneal topographer (Keratron). Setting: Private practice. Design: Evaluation of diagnostic test. Methods: Eight Scheimpflug camera corneal power measurements were analyzed: (1) average K, (2) true net power calculated using the Gaussian optics formula, (3) total corneal refractive power at 2.0 mm calculated by ray tracing on a ring and (4) as the average of the zone inside the ring, (5) total corneal refractive power at 3.0 mm on a ring and (6) as the average of the zone inside the ring, (7) the equivalent K reading at 3.0 mm and (8) at 4.5 mm. The IOL power was calculated using the Hoffer Q, Holladay 1, and SRK/T formulas. Results: No statistically significant differences were observed between any corneal power measurements, including simulated K, in 41 consecutive patients. The latter showed slightly lower mean absolute errors with all 3 formulas (range 0.26 to 0.27 diopter [D]). The Scheimpflug camera gave the lowest median absolute errors with all formulas; that is, the 3.0 mm equivalent K reading with the Hoffer Q formula (0.18 D) and Holladay 1 formula (0.17 D) and the 2.0 mm total corneal refractive power ring with the SRK/T formula (0.18 D). Conclusion: Corneal power measurements provided by the Scheimpflug camera and Placido disk corneal topographer displayed comparable accuracy in IOL power calculation. Financial Disclosure: No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-604
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Surgery

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