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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 144-147

Laser capsulotomy following cataract surgery: Comparing time to capsulotomy with implantation of two broadly used intraocular lenses

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva, Israel
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel
3 Department of Ophthalmology, Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva; Department of Ophthalmology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yael Sharon
Department of Ophthalmology, Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Hospital, 39 Jabotinsky St., Petach Tikva 49100
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_933_16

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Purpose: The aim of this study is to compare the length of time from uneventful cataract surgery using one of two common posterior chamber intraocular lenses (IOLs) (hydrophilic versus hydrophobic acrylic) to laser capsulotomy. Materials and Methods: Retrospective analysis of all patients who underwent neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser capsulotomy between 2011 and 2014 following uneventful phacoemulsification surgery at a tertiary university-affiliated medical center. Medical records were reviewed for demographics, ocular comorbidities, operative details, postoperative follow-up, and findings of the precapsulotomy ophthalmologic examination. Parameters, including age, sex, laterality, visual acuity, surgeon's experience, and time from cataract surgery to capsulotomy, were compared between patients who received hydrophilic (SeeLens AF, Kibbutz Hanita, Israel) or hydrophobic (AcrySof SA60AT, Alcon Laboratories, Fort Worth, TX, USA) IOLs. Results: The cohort included 222 patients (255 eyes), of which, 107 were male and 115 female, of mean age 73 ± 8 years. Mean interval from cataract surgery to laser capsulotomy was 24 months (range 2–70) and was significantly shorter in patients with SeeLens (23 ± 13 months) than AcrySof IOL implantation (28 ± 13 months, P = 0.04). Lens type remained significant in multivariate analysis after including surgeon's experience and age as potential confounders (P = 0.04). Conclusion: The hydrophilic SeeLens IOL is associated with a significantly shorter time interval from cataract surgery to laser capsulotomy than the hydrophobic AcrySof IOL.

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