Prediction accuracy of intraoperative aberrometry compared with preoperative biometry formulae for intraocular lens power selection



      To compare the accuracy of intraoperative wavefront aberrometry to preoperative biometry formulae for predicting intraocular lens power.


      Retrospective, consecutive case series.


      Eyes undergoing cataract extraction with at least 1 month of follow-up after surgery at an ambulatory surgical centre in Toronto.


      Consecutive sample of 228 cataract extractions with monofocal, trifocal, or toric intraocular lens implantation from November 1, 2017, to December 31, 2019. The spherical equivalent was predicted preoperatively with Barrett Universal II, Hill-Radial Basis Function (RBF), SRK/T, Holladay I, Holladay II, Haigis, and HofferQ using biometry measurements and intraoperatively with wavefront aberrometry. The primary outcomes were mean prediction error and proportion of eyes with a spherical equivalent within 0.5 D of the refractive target at postoperative month 1.


      The analysis included 159 eyes with 52% females and a mean age of 69.4 years. Formulae with the lowest mean prediction error were Hill-RBF (0.32 D ± 0.02 D), Barrett Universal II (0.32 D ± 0.02 D), intraoperative aberrometry (0.32 D ± 0.02 D), SRK/T (0.33 D ± 0.02 D), Holladay II (0.34 D ± 0.03 D), Holladay I (0.35 D ± 0.02 D), Haigis (0.37 D ± 0.02 D), and HofferQ (0.42 D ± 0.02 D). There were no statistically significant differences between intraoperative aberrometry and the preoperative formulae. Formulae with the highest proportion of eyes within 0.5 D of the refractive target were intraoperative aberrometry (82%), Barrett Universal II (81%), Hill-RBF (80%), SRK/T (77%), Holladay II (76%), Holladay I (75%), Haigis (71%), and HofferQ (70%).


      Intraoperative aberrometry and modern preoperative biometry formulae are equally effective at reaching the refractive target. In normal eyes, intraoperative aberrometry does not appear to provide any additional benefit to modern prediction formulae.
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