Comparison of Visian toric collamer lens and toric acrylic intraocular lens implantation for the treatment of myopia with astigmatism
Received 15 September 2016
Accepted for publication 21 November 2016
Published 29 December 2016 Volume 2017:11 Pages 105—114
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Hatem Ammar, Mohamed Anbar, Marwa M Abdellah
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt
Purpose: To compare the efficacy and outcome of phakic toric implantable collamer lens (TICL) and refractive clear lens extraction with AcrySof Toric intraocular lens (TIOL) implantation for the treatment of myopic astigmatism.
Patients and methods: This study assessed eyes with myopic astigmatism >–1 D and ≤–4 D with a spherical equivalent >10 D or <10 D if the patients were unsuitable for corneal refractive surgery. These eyes were divided into group A, in which Visian Toric ICL™ Phakic TICL was implanted, and group B, which involved clear lens extraction with implantation of an AcrySof IQ toric SN60T3-9™ IOL. The outcome and complications were evaluated.
Results: This study enrolled 63 eyes of 38 patients with a follow-up period of at least 6 months. The mean postoperative spherical equivalent was –0.19±0.31 D in group A and –0.21±0.28 D in group B (P=0.69). The mean postoperative cylinder value was –0.46±0.53 D in group A and –0.32±0.41 D in group B (P=0.35). Postoperative cylinder was <1 D in 76.47% and 79.31% of eyes in groups A and B, respectively. The mean endothelial cell count was reduced by 4.32% in group A and by 5.32% in group B (P=0.003). The mean postoperative intraocular pressure increased insignificantly in group A (P=0.22) and reduced significantly in group B (P=0.004). The complication rate was 11.76% in group A and 6.90% in group B.
Conclusion: Both procedures showed predictable results and good visual results. However, the loss of accommodation and risk of retinal complications in the TIOL group suggest that the use of TICL for myopic astigmatism is a better choice in younger patients.
Keywords: myopic astigmatism, intraocular lens implantation, Visian toric, AcrySof toric
Astigmatic correction has become a longstanding topic of debate, from the traditional use of spectacles and contact lenses to the era of keratotomy and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK).1 Although LASIK is widely accepted among ophthalmologists, its effects on the clear, central, corneal zone are associated with a number of intraoperative and postoperative complications such as regression, haze, dry eyes, diffuse lamellar keratitis, undercorrection, and overcorrection, which have been reported to increase with increased ablation depth.2–5 Simultaneously, changes in corneal shape, especially in high laser ablation, may result in poor visual quality.6
Techniques for surgical correction of myopic astigmatism with the implantation of toric intraocular lens (TIOL; phakic or aphakic) have advanced in the past few years.7 Phacoemulsification with TIOL implantation is used not only for cataract surgery8,9 but also for refractive surgery.10,11 TIOLs may provide greater reversibility or adjustability than some keratorefractive procedures.10,12–14 However, this procedure is associated with an increased risk of retinal complications such as retinal detachment and cystoid macular edema.15,16
The AcrySof Toric IOL (Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Fort Worth, TX, USA) has the same design as the AcrySof single-piece IOL, with an additional toric component on the posterior optic surface and axis indentations indicating the flat meridian of the optic.17 In contrast, the phakic toric implantable collamer lens (TICL; Visian Toric ICL™; STAAR Surgical AG, Nidau, Switzerland) was approved by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study for the treatment of moderate-to-high myopic astigmatism and found to show efficient and predictable results.1 The use of this lens allows preservation of accommodation, stability, and reversibility,2,18–23 but it is more expensive and can be complicated by cataract and/or glaucoma.24–29
Both TICL and TIOL are used for the treatment of myopic astigmatism, but the implantation techniques differ between the lenses. Both procedures have advantages and disadvantages, but there has been no prior study to compare the efficacy and safety of these two procedures.
The aim of this study was to retrospectively compare the efficacy and safety of the use of phakic TICL with refractive clear lens extraction with AcrySof TIOL implantation for the treatment of myopic astigmatism in patients aged ≤45 years.
Patients and methods
This retrospective, nonrandomized, comparative observational study was approved by the Medical Ethics Committee of Sohag Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University, and followed the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki. All patients signed an informed consent form that explained the details of the procedure and possible complications. All cases fulfilling the inclusion criteria and with procedures that took place between August 2013 and December 2014 were included in this study.
We included patients who were between 21 and 45 years of age with stable refraction for at least 1 year and who were seeking surgical correction of their myopic astigmatism. Eyes that showed myopic astigmatism with spherical equivalent (SE) >10 D or myopic astigmatism with SE <10 D if the patients were unsuitable for corneal refractive surgery according to guidelines suggested in the literature and had astigmatism of >1 and ≤4 D (the maximum astigmatism correction by AcrySof IQ toric is 4.11 D by the SN60T9 model) were included. For TICL cases, the anterior chamber depth (ACD) was required to be >280 μm from the endothelium. The ACDs were measured by Scheimpflug tomography (Wavelight Allegro Oculyzer; Alcon Surgical, Hünenberg, Switzerland) following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
The exclusion criteria included any ocular disease other than myopic astigmatism (cataract, glaucoma, corneal opacities, uveitis, retinal disorders), history of any ocular surgery, and corneal endothelial cell count (ECC) of <2,500 cells/mm as measured by specular microscopy.
Selection of the procedure type was dependent on clinical evaluation of every case. Eyes with ACD ≥2.8 mm were assigned for TICL implantation. Eyes with ACD <2.8 mm were assigned for phacoemulsification and TIOL implantation. The age of the patient was another factor in group assignment: TICL was used for younger patients when ACD was appropriate, whereas older patients aged >40 years underwent phacoemulsification and TIOL implantation.
The study was initially carried out on 71 eyes of 43 patients. Eight eyes of five patients were excluded from the study due to an incomplete follow-up period (they were presented to follow-up visits for 3 months, but they missed the sixth month follow-up visit), leaving a total of 63 eyes of 38 patients included in the study and with a completed follow-up period of at least 6 months.
The eyes were divided into two groups. Group A included the eyes that underwent implantation of the posterior chamber phakic TIOL for the correction of moderate-to-high myopic astigmatism (TICL group). Group B included the eyes that underwent clear lens extraction with implantation of an AcrySof IQ toric SN60T IOL (TIOL group). The number of eyes that were not candidate for corneal refractive surgery with SE <10 D was 10 eyes of five patients in group A and six eyes of three patients in group B.
All patients underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination. This evaluation included assessments of manifest and cycloplegic refractions, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) measured by chart projector and expressed as Snellen’s decimal fraction, slit-lamp microscopy, and Goldmann applanation tonometry. A peripheral retinal examination was performed to detect treatable retinal lesions. Wavelight Allegro Oculyzer was used to perform pachymetry, determine the ACD, and exclude keratoconus. Specular microscopy (Topcon SP-IP08; Topcon Corporation, Tokyo, Japan) was used to evaluate the endothelium. IOLMaster biometry (Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Jena, Germany) was used to calculate IOL power for all cases. For group A, biometry was performed to ensure availability of these data in the future in case of cataract development in TICL patients. This was done to avoid a bias in IOL calculation in the presence of ICL. Horizontal white-to-white measurement was performed by a manual caliper to choose the appropriate TICL size. The target refraction was emmetropia in all cases.
TICL power calculation
TICL power calculations were performed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations using the astigmatic decomposition method described by Sarver and Sanders.30 This formula calculates the appropriate ICL cylinder using the patient’s manifest refractive cylinder.
TICLs were manufactured to minimize rotation and required the surgeon to rotate the ICL no more than 22.5 degrees from the horizontal meridian. The size of the TICL was also chosen by the manufacturer on the basis of the horizontal white-to-white diameter and ACD. When the horizontal white-to-white diameter is
11.0 mm, we selected 12.1 mm size of TICL;
11.5 mm, we selected 12.6 mm size of TICL;
12.0 mm, we selected 13.2 mm size of TICL;
12.5 mm, we selected 13.7 mm size of TICL.
But when the horizontal white-to-white diameter is in between these sizes, eg, 11.75 mm, here the selection depends on the AC depth, ie, when AC is relatively shallow, ie, between 2.8 and 3 mm, we used the smaller size of 12.6 to avoid intraocular pressure (IOP) increase and vice versa.
Each TICL was sent to the surgeon with a guide demonstrating the amount and direction of rotation of the TICL from the horizontal axis to align the ICL cylinder axis to the patient’s required cylinder correction. The model of TICL used was V4B, which requires peripheral iridectomy to prevent pupillary block glaucoma.
TIOL power calculation
Intraocular lens cylinder power and alignment axis were calculated using a web-based TIOL calculator program (http://www.acrysoftoriccalculator.com), which considers the IOLMaster biometry and keratometry data as well as the surgically induced astigmatism.
Surgical technique for TICL
Pupil dilation was performed with cyclopentolate HCl 1% and phenylephrine 2.5% eye drops administered 1 hour before surgery. A horizontal axis marking at slit lamp was performed immediately before surgery to avoid the cyclotorsion effect in the supine position. The TICL was inserted through a 3-mm temporal clear corneal incision with a STAAR injector (Visian Toric ICL; STAAR Surgical AG) after anterior chamber formation with Provisc (sodium hyaluronate; Alcon Laboratories, Inc.). The four haptics were tucked under the iris with the manipulator provided by the manufacturer, and rotation of the ICL to the desired axis was done before pupil constriction by intracameral carbachol USP 0.01% w/v (carbodol; Sunways India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, India). One peripheral iridectomy was done using the vitreous cutter of the Alcon infinity machine (Alcon Laboratories, Inc.) set at a cut rate of 10 cuts/min, flow rate of 15 cc/min, and vacuum of 150 mmHg. These parameters can usually yield single-round peripheral iridectomy. Irrigation was performed to remove the sodium hyaluronate, and the wounds were hydrated.
Surgical technique for TIOL
Pupil dilation was performed with cyclopentolate HCl 1% and phenylephrine 2.5% eye drops instilled 1 hour prior to surgery. A horizontal axis marking at slit lamp was performed immediately before surgery to avoid the cyclotorsion effect in the supine position. Operations were done under peribulbar local anesthesia. The intended axis of IOL placement was marked. The standard technique of sutureless coaxial phacoemulsification through a 2.4-mm temporal incision was performed using the Alcon infinity machine. Meticulous polishing of the posterior capsule and cleaning of the subcapsular epithelium were done routinely to reduce the chance of subsequent posterior capsule opacification. TIOL was injected using a Monarch 3 injector with cartridge D into the capsular bag. The viscoelastic was removed from below the IOL before the final rotation of the TIOL to the desired axis, after which the remaining viscoelastic was removed and stromal wound hydration was performed.
Topical antibiotic eye drops containing moxifloxacin 0.3% (Vigamox; Alcon Laboratories, Inc.) were administered five times a day for 1 week. Topical eye drops containing 1% prednisolone acetate (PRED FORTE; Allergan, Inc., Irvine, CA, USA) were administered five times a day for 1 week and then gradually tapered over a period of 4 weeks.
Postoperative visits were performed at 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. Uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), slit-lamp examination, refraction, fundoscopy, and tonometry were evaluated. Wavelight Allegro Oculyzer and specular microscopy were performed at the 6-month follow-up visit. Measurements at 6 months were considered to be the final follow-up values.
Axis of rotation was measured 6 months postsurgery. Full pupil dilation was done to see the axis mark on both TICL and TIOL in the periphery. Slit lamp with rotating slit was used to determine the toric lens alignment axis and to compare it with the preoperative target axis of alignment.
Power vector analysis
Spherocylindrical refraction results were converted to power vectors expressed by three dioptric powers: M, J0, and J45, where M is equal to the SE of the given refractive error and J0 and J45 are the two Jackson cross-cylinder equivalents to the conventional cylinder. Manifest refractions were recorded in conventional script notation (sphere, cylinder, and axis) and then converted to the power vector coordinates described by Thibos and Horner31 and to the overall blurring strength by the following formulas:
M = S + C/2
J0 = (−C/2)cos(2α)
J45 = (−C/2)sin(2α)
B = (M2 + J02 + J452)1/2
where M is the spherical lens equal to the SE of the given refractive error, S is the sphere, C is the cylinder, J0 represents the Jackson cross-cylinder axes at 180 degrees and 90 degrees, J45 is the Jackson cross-cylinder axes at 45 degrees and 135 degrees, α is the cylinder angle, and B is the overall blurring strength of the spherocylindrical refractive error.
Nonparametric tests were used because the data were not normally distributed. Comparison of variables was done using the Mann–Whitney U test for between-group comparisons and Wilcoxon signed rank test for comparisons within the same group. All tests were two-tailed, and a P-value of 0.05 was considered statistically significant. All statistical calculations were done using SPSS version 10.0 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA).
This study included 63 eyes of 38 patients (21 females) divided into two groups: group A underwent TICL implantation and included 34 eyes of 20 patients and group B underwent TIOL and included 29 eyes of 18 patients. Table 1 and Figures 1–4 present the pre- and postoperative data. The groups were not statistically different in any parameters except for age and ECC. The age of group B was significantly higher than that of group A (P=0.0001), which can be explained by the tendency to perform clear lens extraction in older patients. The preoperative ECC was significantly higher in group B (P=0.002).
Figure 1 Preoperative and postoperative SE.
Figure 2 Preoperative and postoperative cylinder.
The mean ACD was 3.17±0.21 mm (range, 2.80–3.69 mm) in group A and 2.63±0.18 mm (range, 2.42–3.01 mm) in group B. This difference between the groups was statistically significant (P<0.0001).
Treatment resulted in a significant improvement in most outcome parameters in both groups. In group A, 24 of 34 eyes (71%) showed within ±1 D SE of emmetropia postsurgery, while all eyes showed within ±2 D SE of the target refraction postsurgery. In group B, 21 of 29 eyes (72%) showed within ±1 D SE of emmetropia postoperatively, while all eyes showed within ±2 D SE of the target refraction postoperatively.
As regards safety, no eyes lost two or more lines from the preoperative CDVA in both groups.
As regards efficacy index, which is the ratio of the postoperative UDVA to the preoperative CDVA, both groups presented good efficacy index with statistically insignificant difference between both groups (P=0.21) (Table 2).
The mean ECC showed a 4.32% reduction in group A and a 5.30% reduction in group B. The preoperative IOP did not show a statistically significant intergroup difference (P=0.45), while the postoperative value showed a statistically significant intergroup difference (P=0.004). Compared with the mean preoperative IOP, the mean postoperative IOP was increased in group A, but this change was not significant (P=0.22). However, in group B, the postoperative IOP was significantly reduced (P=0.004).
Power vector analysis of the astigmatism showed that both groups were comparable in all components both pre- and postoperatively. There was a statistically significant postoperative reduction in astigmatism components in both groups (Table 3). With regard to astigmatic correction, 94.12% of eyes were within ±1 D of J0 and 97.06% of eyes were within ±1 D of J45 for their astigmatic components in group A. For group B, 96.55% of eyes were within ±1 D of J0 and all eyes were within ±1 D of J45 for their astigmatic components. The difference in the vector components of the astigmatism between the groups was not statistically significant. Correlation coefficient analysis was done using Spearman’s correlation analysis to the vector components and revealed a significant positive correlation coefficient between preoperative and postoperative J0 and J45 for both groups A and B (Table 4; Figures 5 and 6).
Table 4 Correlation between pre- and postoperative J0 and J45
Figure 5 Correlation between pre- and postoperative J0.
Figure 6 Correlation between pre- and postoperative J45.
As for the rotational stability at 6 months follow-up, the mean TICL rotation in group A was 6±3.5 degrees, and in group B, the mean TIOL rotation was 5±2.9 degrees (Figure 7). This difference between the groups was not statistically significant (P=0.23).
Figure 7 Comparison between the rotational stability for group A and group B.
One eye (2.94%) showed a transient rise of 31 mmHg in IOP on the first postoperative day, mostly due to incomplete irrigation of the viscoelastic. However, the IOP reduced again with topical anti-glaucoma drops and systemic carbonic anhydrase inhibitor tablets for 3 days; an IOP of 16 mmHg and a BCVA of 0.9 were observed at 6 months postsurgery.
TICL rotation of 30 degrees occurred in one eye (2.94%), which required repositioning of the TICL 2 weeks post-surgery by simple dialing under topical anesthesia. The final SE was −0.5 D.
Lens opacity occurred in two cases (5.88%) during the follow-up period. These cases of anterior subcapsular lens opacity required no intervention as the complication was stationary and visually insignificant.
Posterior capsule opacification occurred in two eyes (6.90%). Both eyes were treated with neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) capsulotomy after 3 months postsurgery. No other complications were observed.
Patients with high astigmatism and high myopia and those with borderline corneal thickness and/or curvature are not candidates for corneal refractive surgery because the results are less predictable, the optical quality is lower,32,33 and there is an increased risk of corneal ectasia.34 In such cases, intraocular procedures such as phakic TICL implantation and refractive clear lens extraction with TIOL implantation are used for the treatment of myopic astigmatism. These two techniques allow optical correction of refractive errors while preserving the normal physiologic corneal contour.
This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of phakic TICL with refractive clear lens extraction with AcrySof TIOL implantation for the treatment of myopic astigmatism. This is the first study to compare these two lens implantations for the treatment of myopic astigmatism. The findings showed a strong correlation between the postoperative refraction and the target preoperative refraction in both groups, with more than three quarters of the eyes having a postoperative cylinder <1 D. These differences in postoperative refraction between both groups were not statistically significant.
The power vector analysis of astigmatism showed that the postoperative cylindrical components of refraction were not significantly different from zero. Although group B showed slightly better results with regard to the vector components of the astigmatism, the intergroup difference was not statistically significant. The slightly better refractive results in group B can be explained by the differences in wound size. In the case of TICL, we used a 3 mm incision that was intended to induce with-the-rule astigmatism of ~0.5 D,35 whereas the TIOL required an incision of 2.4 mm in order to induce less astigmatism.
The UCVA improved in both groups, and the intergroup difference was not statistically significant 6 months after surgery (P=0.27). Additionally, the mean IOP in group A showed an increase postsurgery, which was not statistically significant (P=0.22), while that in group B showed a statistically significant difference (P=0.004). The intergroup difference in the postoperative IOP was statistically significant (P=0.004), with the higher IOP in group A being attributable to the vaulting of the TICL with the subsequent forward iris push leading to a shallowing of the anterior chamber.36,37 In contrast, in group B, the IOP reduction may be explained by the decreased resistance to aqueous outflow due to the deepening of the anterior chamber after lens extraction and/or hyposecretion of the aqueous humor due to postoperative capsular bag fibrosis with traction on the ciliary body via the zonules.38–41
For group A, the postoperative mean IOP results were comparable to those obtained by Kamiya et al42 and in accordance with an FDA study1 that reported no significant rise in IOP after TICL implantation. The mean ECC dropped by 4.32% in group A and by 5.32% in group B at 6 months postsurgery. This difference was statistically significant (P=0.003), and it can be explained by the greater intraocular manipulation and the larger amounts of irrigation fluid used with TIOL during the phacoemulsification, which results in greater endothelial cell loss. The percentage of ECC loss for group A was similar to that reported by Kamiya et al,42 who described an ECC loss of 4.29% 6 months after TICL implantation. Additionally, both groups showed similarly good rotational stability 6 months after surgery, with negligible effect on the postoperative refraction.
We observed several complications associated with both procedures. One eye in group A (2.94%) developed a transient IOP increase of 31 mmHg on the first day post-surgery that was mostly due to residual viscoelastic. This was controlled with medical treatment for 3 days, and the IOP returned to 16 mmHg without medication during the follow-up period without any effect on vision (BCVA was 0.9 at 6 months). Also, one eye (2.94%) in group A showed spontaneous rotation of the TICL 10 days postsurgery with a sudden drop in vision, and TICL repositioning by simple dialing under topical anesthesia was performed 2 weeks postsurgery with a final BCVA of 0.8 at the end of the follow-up period. Two eyes (5.88%) developed subcapsular cataracts, which were stationary and visually insignificant (one of these was the eye that required dialing). In group B, two eyes (6.9%) developed subsequent cataract that required YAG laser capsulotomy 3 months postoperatively without affecting the final BCVA. No other complications were observed in group B.
Retinal detachment is the most dangerous complication of intraocular surgery in highly myopic eyes, with an incidence ranging from 0% to 8% in clear lens extraction for myopia16,43,44 and an incidence ranging from 0.61% to 4.8% for anterior chamber phakic IOL for myopia.18,45–48 However, no cases of retinal detachment occurred in this study. This may be attributed to careful preoperative evaluation of the retina, exclusion of cases with suspicious retina or retinal tears, and exclusion of cases showing extreme myopia because of unavailability of TICL >−18 D and of TIOL <+6 D. The short follow-up period of 6 months may be another reason for the zero incidence of retinal detachment.
Both procedures show predictable results with slightly (but not statistically significant) better refractive and visual results in the TIOL group. However, the loss of accommodation in the TIOL group represents a major disadvantage for its use in younger patients. However, the TIOL is essentially a minor modification of the routine phacoemulsification procedure, while the TICL requires new skills and instruments. Additionally, the TICL is much more expensive than the TIOL. However, the rare but extremely serious complication of retinal detachment with refractive lens extraction represents a major risk, while the worst two complications associated with TICL are both correctable, ie, glaucoma can be corrected by TICL explantation and cataract can be corrected by TICL explantation and phacoemulsification with TIOL implantation. That is why refractive lens exchange with TIOL implantation should be used only when no other refractive solution is available to solve the refractive problem of a really demanding patient to get rid of his/her spectacles.
Our study was limited by two main factors. 1) The short follow-up period may have limited the evaluation of long-term complications and 2) the intergroup age differences and the nonrandomized design may have served as sources of potential bias.
The choice of a suitable procedure to correct myopic astigmatism is complex because there are many advantages and disadvantages to the options that are available. Both the procedures we investigated show predictable results with low complication rates and good visual results, but the loss of accommodation in the TIOL group is a major disadvantage that suggests that TICL should be used for myopic astigmatism treatment in younger patients even though TICL is more expensive.
The abstract of this article was presented at the XXXIV Congress of the ESCRS in Copenhagen as a presented poster talk with interim findings. The poster’s abstract was published in “Poster Abstracts” at the XXXIV Congress of the ESCRS in Copenhagen Journal with the link below to the abstract http://www.escrs.org/Copenhagen2016/programme/poster-village-details.asp?id=26842&day=0.
The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.
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