Repeatability and Comparison of Peripheral Eye Lengths With Two Instruments

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To assess intrasessional and intersessional repeatability of two commercial partial coherence interferometry instruments for measuring peripheral eye lengths and to investigate the agreement between the two instruments.


Central and peripheral eye lengths were determined with the IOLMaster (Carl-Zeiss Meditec AG, Jena, Germany) and the Lenstar (Haag Streit, Bern, Switzerland) in seven adults. Measurements were performed out to 35° and 30° from fixation for horizontal and vertical visual fields, respectively, in 5° intervals. An external fixation target at optical infinity was used. At least four measurements were taken at each location for each instrument, and measurements were taken at two sessions.


The mean intrasessional SDs for the IOLMaster along both the horizontal and vertical visual fields were 0.04 ± 0.04 mm; corresponding results for the Lenstar were 0.02 ± 0.02 mm along both fields. The intersessional SDs for the IOLMaster for the horizontal and vertical visual fields were ±0.11 and ±0.08 mm, respectively; corresponding limits for the Lenstar were ±0.05 and ±0.04 mm. The intrasessional and intersessional variability increased away from fixation. The mean differences between the two instruments were 0.01 ± 0.07 mm and 0.02 ± 0.07 mm in the horizontal and vertical visual fields, but the lengths with the Lenstar became greater than those with the IOLMaster as axial length increased (rate of approximately 0.016 mm/mm).


Both the IOLMaster and the Lenstar demonstrated good intrasessional and intersessional repeatability for peripheral eye length measurements, with the Lenstar showing better repeatability. The Lenstar would be expected to give a slightly greater range of eye lengths than the IOLMaster across the visual field.

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