Aspheric Ablation Depth as the Target Depth for Enhanced Wavefront-Guided Myopic Retreatments After Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis

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To propose a new adjustment method and present the clinical result of wavefront-guided myopic laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) retreatment with an aspheric program-targeted central ablation depth to avoid refractive overcorrection.


Thirty-two eyes (of 20 consecutive patients) that underwent wavefront-guided LASIK myopic retreatment between January 2009 and February 2012 after primary wavefront-guided LASIK for myopia were included. Wavefront-guided retreatments were performed using the Bausch and Lomb Technolas 217z100 excimer laser system. Wavefront-guided retreatments were adjusted by setting the ablation depth corresponding to the ablation depth determined by the aspheric program. The refractive outcome, visual outcome, and outcome of high-order aberrations (HOAs) were analyzed. Linear mixed models were also used to evaluate the predicting factors for retreatment offset.


Mean age was 29.5 ± 3.1 years. Spherical equivalent (SE) before retreatment was −1.0 ± 0.44 diopters (D) (range, −2.25 to −0.5). Twelve months postoperatively, SE was −0.03 ± 0.12 D, and 31 of 32 eyes had an uncorrected visual acuity 20/20 or better. All eyes were within ±0.5 D. None of the eyes had lost >2 lines of Snellen visual acuity. Safety and efficacy indices were 1.03 and 1.00, respectively. Total HOA, coma, and trefoil were reduced significantly (P = 0.028, P = 0.036, P = 0.034, respectively). Predictive factors for the amount of offset required are significantly related to preoperative SE (P = 0.006) and spherical aberration (P = 0.03, adjusted by SE).


Setting the target ablation depth using the aspheric program provided high refractive predictability with a satisfactory visual outcome, significant reduction of HOAs, and no overcorrections.

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