Can aberrometry provide rapid and reliable measures of subjective depth of focus following multifocal intraocular lens implantation?

Raymond A. Applegate, Sandeep K. Dhallu, Amy Louise Sheppard, Toshifumi Mihashi, Thomas E Drew, Sunil Shah, James Stuart Wolffsohn

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Purpose: To determine whether the ‘through-focus’ aberrations of a multifocal and accommodative intraocular lens (IOL) implanted patient can be used to provide rapid and reliable measures of their subjective range of clear vision.

Methods: Eyes that had been implanted with a concentric (n = 8), segmented (n = 10) or accommodating (n = 6) intraocular lenses (mean age 62.9 ± 8.9 years; range 46-79 years) for over a year underwent simultaneous monocular subjective (electronic logMAR test chart at 4m with letters randomised between presentations) and objective (Aston open-field aberrometer) defocus curve testing for levels of defocus between +1.50 to -5.00DS in -0.50DS steps, in a randomised order. Pupil size and ocular aberration (a combination of the patient’s and the defocus inducing lens aberrations) at each level of blur was measured by the aberrometer. Visual acuity was measured subjectively at each level of defocus to determine the traditional defocus curve. Objective acuity was predicted using image quality metrics.

Results: The range of clear focus differed between the three IOL types (F=15.506, P=0.001) as well as between subjective and objective defocus curves (F=6.685, p=0.049). There was no statistically significant difference between subjective and objective defocus curves in the segmented or concentric ring MIOL group (P>0.05). However a difference was found between the two measures and the accommodating IOL group (P<0.001). Mean Delta logMAR (predicted minus measured logMAR) across all target vergences was -0.06 ± 0.19 logMAR. Predicted logMAR defocus curves for the multifocal IOLs did not show a near vision addition peak, unlike the subjective measurement of visual acuity. However, there was a strong positive correlation between measured and predicted logMAR for all three IOLs (Pearson’s correlation: P<0.001).

Conclusions: Current subjective procedures are lengthy and do not enable important additional measures such as defocus curves under differently luminance or contrast levels to be assessed, which may limit our understanding of MIOL performance in real-world conditions. In general objective aberrometry measures correlated well with the subjective assessment indicating the relative robustness of this technique in evaluating post-operative success with segmented and concentric ring MIOL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2979
Number of pages1
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Volume56
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
EventARVO 2015 Annual Meeting : Powerful Connections: Vision Research and Online Networking - Colorado Convention Center (CCC), Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 2 May 20157 May 2015

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ARVO 2015 Annual Meeting : Powerful Connections: Vision Research and Online Networking, 2-7 May 2015, Denver, CO, United States.

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