Recent developments in intraocular lens power calculation methods-update 2020

Giacomo Savini, Leonardo Taroni, Kenneth J Hoffer

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For many decades only a few formulas have been available to calculate the intraocular lens (IOL) power for patients undergoing cataract surgery: the Haigis, Hoffer Q, Holladay 1 and 2 and SRK/T. In recent years, several new formulas for IOL power calculation have been introduced with the aim of improving the accuracy of refraction prediction in eyes undergoing cataract surgery. These include the Barrett Universal II, the Emmetropia Verifying Optical (EVO), the Kane, the Næser 2, the Olsen, the Panacea, the Pearl DGS, the Radial Basis Function (RBF), the T2 and the VRF formulas. Although most of them are unpublished so that their structure is unknown, we give an overview of each formula and report the results of the studies that have compared them. Their performance in short and long eyes is provided and a special focus is given on the issue of segmented axial length, which is a promising method to obtain more accurate outcomes in short and long eyes. Here, the group refractive index originally developed for the IOLMaster may not represent the best method to convert the optical path length into a physical distance. The issue of posterior and total corneal astigmatism (TCA) is discussed in relation to toric IOLs; the latest formulas for toric IOLs and their results are also reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1553
JournalAnnals of Translational Medicine
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


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