Purpose: To ascertain the agreement level between intra-operative refraction using a prototype surgical Hartmann-Shack aberrometer and subjective refraction a month later.
Methods: Fifty-four consecutive patients had their pseudophakic refractive measured with the aberrometer intra-operatively at the end of their cataract surgery. A masked optometrist performed subjective refraction 4 weeks later. The two sets of data were then analysed for correlation.
Results: The mean spherical equivalent was −0.14 ± 0.37 D (Range: −1.41 to +1.72 D) with the prototype aberrometer and −0.34 ± 0.32 (−1.64 to +1.88 D) with subjective refraction. The measurements positively correlated to a very high degree (r =+0.81, p < 0.01). In 84.3% of cases the two measurements were within 0.50D of each other.
Conclusion: The aberrometer can verify the aimed refractive status of the eye intraoperatively to avoid a refractive surprise. The aberrometer is a useful tool for real time assessment of the ocular refractive status.
Special Issue: The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, 46th Annual Scientific Congress, 22–26 November 2014.