Research Papers: Therapeutic

Numerical nonwavefront-guided algorithm for expansion or recentration of the optical zone

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Samuel Arba Mosquera

SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions, Mainparkstr. 6-10, Kleinostheim D-63801, Germany

Shwetabh Verma

SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions, Mainparkstr. 6-10, Kleinostheim D-63801, Germany

J. Biomed. Opt. 19(8), 088001 (Aug 06, 2014). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.19.8.088001
History: Received February 12, 2014; Revised July 8, 2014; Accepted July 9, 2014
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Abstract.  Complications may arise due to the decentered ablations during refractive surgery, resulting from human or mechanical errors. Decentration may cause over-/under-corrections, with patients complaining about seeing glares and halos after the procedure. Customized wavefront-guided treatments are often used to design retreatment procedures. However, due to the limitations of wavefront sensors in precisely measuring very large aberrations, some extreme cases may suffer when retreated with wavefront-guided treatments. We propose a simple and inexpensive numerical (nonwavefront-guided) algorithm to recenter the optical zone (OZ) and to correct the refractive error with minimal tissue removal. Due to its tissue-saving capabilities, this method can benefit patients with critical residual corneal thickness. Based on the reconstruction of ablation achieved in the first surgical procedure, we calculate a target ablation (by manipulating the achieved OZ) with adequate centration and an OZ sufficient enough to envelope the achieved ablation. The net ablation map for the retreatment procedure is calculated from the achieved and target ablations and is suitable to expand, recenter, and modulate the lower-order refractive components in a retreatment procedure. The results of our simulations suggest minimal tissue removal with OZ centration and expansion. Enlarging the OZ implies correcting spherical aberrations, whereas inducing centration implies correcting coma. This method shows the potential to improve visual outcomes in extreme cases of retreatment, possibly serving as an uncomplicated and inexpensive alternative to wavefront-guided retreatments.

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Samuel Arba Mosquera and Shwetabh Verma
"Numerical nonwavefront-guided algorithm for expansion or recentration of the optical zone", J. Biomed. Opt. 19(8), 088001 (Aug 06, 2014). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.19.8.088001


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