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Monovision LASIK in emmetropic presbyopic patients

Authors Peng MY, Hannan S, Teenan D, Schallhorn SJ, Schallhorn JM

Received 11 April 2018

Accepted for publication 12 June 2018

Published 4 September 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 1665—1671

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S170759

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Michelle Y Peng,1 Stephen Hannan,2 David Teenan,2 Steven J Schallhorn,1,3 Julie M Schallhorn1,4

1Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA; 2Optical Express, Glasgow, UK; 3Carl Zeiss Meditec, CA, USA; 4F.I. Proctor Foundation, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA

Background: To evaluate the efficacy and patient satisfaction of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) monovision correction in presbyopic emmetropic patients.
Methods: A retrospective review of 294 patients who underwent LASIK for monovision was conducted. All patients had preoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity in each eye of 20/25 or better in both eyes and underwent primary LASIK treatment in one eye with a near target; 82 patients underwent surgery in the distant eye for hypermetropia. Patients completed a patient-reported-outcome questionnaire at their one-month postoperative visit. Analysis was performed on a per patient basis with a logistic regression model.
Results: Patients achieved a postoperative mean spherical equivalent of -0.05 diopters (D) in the distant eye and -1.92 D in the near eye. Prior to surgery, 64.7% (n=178) of patients reported they were satisfied or very satisfied with their vision; postoperatively, this increased to 85.4% (n=251). The greatest predictor of dissatisfaction after surgery was severe patient-reported visual phenomena (glare, halos, starbursts, ghosting) (odds ratio 1.18, P=0.001).
Conclusions: LASIK monovision for presbyopic patients with low refractive error and good preoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity is both safe and effective with high patient satisfaction. Patients who were dissatisfied in the postoperative period tended to be those with postoperative visual symptoms.

Keywords: monovision, LASIK, presbyopia, refractive surgery

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