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Prospective multicenter clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a new glistening-free one-piece acrylic toric intraocular lens

Authors Packer M, Williams JI, Feinerman G, Hope RS

Received 9 March 2018

Accepted for publication 2 May 2018

Published 1 June 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 1031—1039

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S167726

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Mark Packer,1 Jon I Williams,2 Gregg Feinerman,3 Richard S Hope2

On behalf of the enVista Toric Clinical Study Group

1Mark Packer MD Consulting, Inc., Boulder, CO, USA; 2Surgical Clinical and Medical Affairs, Bausch & Lomb Inc., Irvine, CA, USA; 3Feinerman Vision Center, Newport Beach, CA, USA

Purpose: Glistening formation in the intraocular lens (IOL) optic has the potential to impact quality of vision. The enVista One-Piece Hydrophobic Acrylic Spherical IOL Model MX60 (MX60 IOL) is currently the only US Food and Drug Administration-approved IOL with a label of “no glistenings”. The purpose of this prospective, multicenter, partially randomized, partially controlled, double-masked, pivotal study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the enVista One-Piece Hydrophobic Acrylic MX60T Toric IOL (enVista MX60T Toric IOL).
Patients and methods: Subjects (n=191) were implanted with the enVista MX60T Toric IOL (cylinder powers 1.25, 2.00, or 2.75 D) or the parent MX60 IOL (control). Eyes within the lowest range of corneal astigmatism were randomized to receive either Toric 1.25 D IOL or control IOL in a 1:1 ratio. All subjects with corneal astigmatism requiring 2.00 or 2.75 D cylinder IOLs received toric IOLs. Rotational stability, cylinder reduction, and best-corrected distance visual acuity were primary effectiveness endpoints measured at Visit 4 (120–180 days postoperatively).
Results: Visit 4 mean absolute axis misalignment in the All Toric group was 4.68°±7.33°, and all subjects had ≤5° absolute rotation from Visit 3 to Visit 4. The 1.25 D group had significantly greater improvement in dioptric cylinder reduction (P<0.001), percent cylinder reduction (P<0.001), and mean uncorrected distance visual acuity (P<0.001), compared to control at Visit 4. Most adverse events (AEs) were mild, with no serious AEs in the study eyes. The rates of cumulative AEs through Visit 4 were below International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 11979-7 AE rates.
Conclusion: enVista MX60T Toric IOL is safe and effective for patients with preoperative corneal astigmatism undergoing IOL implantation.

Keywords: human, IOL, astigmatism, cataract, enVista, clinical

Introduction

Concomitant treatment of preexisting corneal astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery has become a common goal for patients desiring spectacle independence. It has been estimated that 15%–22% of cataract patients have >1.50 diopter (D) of keratometric astigmatism.1,2 Additionally, it has been reported that patients are 34 times more likely to use spectacles per diopter of astigmatic error in the better eye, and the residual astigmatism is an important reason for using glasses, even in patients with spherical equivalent refraction ±0.50 D.3,4 Astigmatism can be corrected by either changing the corneal curvature with LASIK, PRK, incisional keratotomy, or by implanting a toric intraocular lens (IOL). Most surgeons consider correction of astigmatism with toric IOLs to be more predictable, and capable of providing a greater range of corrective power than corneal incisional procedures.5,6

The enVista One-Piece Hydrophobic Acrylic Spherical IOL Model MX60 ([MX60 IOL]; Bausch+Lomb, Inc, Rochester, NY, USA) is a monofocal IOL characterized by an aspheric, aberration-free optic, and scratch-resistant material. The MX60 IOL also has a sharp square edge and posterior-vaulted haptics, two features that have been shown to reduce posterior capsule opacification (PCO).79 In a pivotal clinical study of the MX60 IOL,8 100% of subjects exhibited ≤5° of rotation and achieved 20/40 or better best-corrected distance visual acuity (BCDVA) at Visit 4 (120–180 days postsurgery). The MX60 IOL is currently the only IOL approved by the US Food and Drug Administration with labeling that states that “No glistenings of any grade were reported for any subject at any visit in the clinical study.10” Glistenings are multiple, fluid-filled microvacuoles that form within the substance of an IOL optic. At the slit lamp, light is scattered at the fluid–polymer interface, resulting in a sparkling or “glistenings” appearance. Numerous theories have been proposed for the formation of glistenings, including the gradual absorption of water from the aqueous environment into voids in the polymer network.11 Glistenings are important because they may lead to visual problems that can become clinically significant, such as decreased contrast sensitivity at high spatial frequencies1214 or reduced light sensitivities.14 The incidence and severity of glistenings may increase over time,13,15 which could increase the risk for unwanted side effects. In the extreme, IOLs with glistenings may require explantation.16 However, there is no general consensus on the clinical importance of glistenings.16,17

The enVista One-Piece Hydrophobic Acrylic MX60T Toric IOL (enVista MX60T Toric IOL) is identical in material composition to the MX60 IOL with the addition of a toric optic and axis marks on the posterior optic surface. The purpose of this prospective, multicenter, partially randomized, partially controlled, double-masked, pivotal study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the enVista MX60T Toric IOL.

Materials and methods

Study design and subjects

This study (NCT01852084 on ClinicalTrials.gov) was conducted at nine sites (10 surgeons) in the USA. For subjects with cataracts in both eyes, the eye with the worse BCDVA at the preoperative visit was designated the study eye. Only one eye per subject was enrolled in the study. The study included subjects with a minimum preoperative corneal astigmatism of 0.90 D and a predicted postoperative corneal astigmatism between 0.90 and 2.40 D, when taking surgically induced astigmatism (SIA) into account. Eyes within the lowest toric cylinder range (0.90–1.39 D at the corneal plane) were randomly assigned to implantation with the 1.25 D toric IOL (enVista MX60T Toric IOL) 0.90 D at the corneal plane or with the control IOL (MX60 IOL) in a 1:1 ratio. All subjects eligible for 2.00 and 2.75 D cylinder toric IOLs (1.40–1.92 D and 1.93–2.40 D at the corneal plane, respectively) received a toric IOL in the study eye. The study was approved by a central Institutional Review Board (The IRB Company, Buena Park, CA, USA) and all subjects provided written informed consent. The study also adhered to the Declaration of Helsinki and good clinical practices as described in International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 14155 for study performance.

Presurgical and surgical technique

The enVista Toric Calculator (Bausch+Lomb) was used to calculate the predicted postoperative corneal astigmatism and the recommended toric IOL cylinder power and axis, using preoperative keratometry and the personalized SIA determined for each investigator. All surgeries were performed using standard small-incision phacoemulsification with the primary incision constructed on the steep keratometric axis.

Criteria for safety and effectiveness evaluation

The incidences of cumulative and persistent adverse events (AEs) were compared to the ISO 11979-7 AE grid.18 All subjects underwent a complete ophthalmic evaluation, including keratometry, biometry, slit-lamp examination, intraocular pressure measurement, and funduscopic examination. To assess AEs such as photophobia, glare, halos, or other visual disturbances, investigators asked patients open-ended questions such as “Has anything changed or is anything bothering you?” Visual acuities (VAs) were tested at 4 m using a standard Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study chart at 85 cd/m2 illumination.

The primary effectiveness endpoints were lens axis misalignment from surgical markings at Visit 4 (Day 120–180 postsurgery), IOL axial stability from Visit 3 (Day 30–60 postsurgery) to Visit 4, reduction in cylinder, BCDVA at Visit 4, and the percentage of eyes within 0.50 and 1.00 D of intended refractive cylinder. The secondary effectiveness endpoint was uncorrected distance visual acuity (UCDVA) at Visit 4. Digital slit-lamp retroillumination photographs were analyzed at a reading center to evaluate IOL rotational stability and analyze posterior capsular opacification with the Evaluation of Posterior Capsular Opacification (EPCO) grading system.19

Statistical analysis

It was planned that ~192 subjects (192 eyes) would be enrolled (112 eyes with a toric IOL and 80 eyes with the control IOL). With estimated subject discontinuation of up to 10%, this enrollment was projected to yield a sample size of completed subjects of at least 72 eyes with a 1.25 D toric IOL, 18 eyes with a 2.00 D toric IOL, 10 eyes with a 2.75 D toric IOL, and 72 eyes with the control IOL.

Primary effectiveness analyses used the intent-to-treat population. Statistical analyses included all subjects who underwent surgery for IOL implantation. For dioptric cylinder reduction from the preoperative visit to Visit 4, after imputation for missing values, the statistical hypothesis for difference between the randomized treatment groups was tested using Type II analyses from general linear models including the effects of treatment and investigator. Reduction of cylinder expressed as a percentage of the intended reduction of cylinder (as described in the American National Standards Institute standard Z80.30:200620) was calculated as ([postoperative manifest refractive cylinder]-[preoperative Delta K])/([intended postoperative manifest refractive cylinder]−[preoperative Delta K]), where postoperative manifest refractive cylinder was converted to the corneal plane assuming a vertex distance of 13 mm. BCDVA at Visit 4 was compared between the control and toric 1.25 D IOL groups using two-sample, two-sided t-tests with two-sided exact binomial 90% CI around the proportion of eyes 20/40 or better. After imputation for missing logMAR (logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution) UCDVA values, the UCDVA statistical hypothesis for difference between randomized treatment groups was tested by Type II analyses from general linear models including the effects of treatment and investigator.

Safety analyses were conducted with the safety population (all subjects who underwent surgery). If a subject had multiple visits within a visit window, then safety summaries included the worst case observations in the window. For each ISO standard 11979-718 grid AE, a one-sided exact binomial test comparing the proportion of toric IOL eyes with the AE to the relevant control rate was conducted. If the resulting P-value was ≤0.05, then the null hypothesis was rejected. Fisher’s exact test was used to compare the proportion of AEs among groups. All statistical measures required P<0.05 for significance.

Results

Demographics and baseline characteristics

A total of 191 subjects were enrolled in this study, with 79 subjects in the control IOL group and 112 subjects receiving a toric IOL (80 subjects in the 1.25 D group, 20 subjects in the 2.00 D group, and 12 subjects in the 2.75 D group). The percentage of eyes receiving a control IOL vs a toric 1.25 D IOL was stratified by site and was approximately equal across sites. The demographics and baseline characteristics of the subjects are presented in Table 1. The mean±SD age of the study population was 70.1±8.7 years. The population was primarily White (96.3%), and the 1.25 D toric IOL group had proportionally more women than the control IOL group (61.3% vs 45.6%). The mean axial length, calculated IOL spherical power, and target refraction were all similar between the control and toric IOL treatment groups. Most study eyes in each treatment arm (>96%) had either moderate or dense cataracts preoperatively, and all eyes had normal corneal topography.

Table 1 Subject demographics and baseline characteristics
Notes: *n=17; three subjects could not report UCDVA because they could only count fingers.
Abbreviations: BCDVA, best-corrected distance visual acuity; D, diopter; IOL, intraocular lens; logMAR, logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution; Max, maximum; Min, minimum; UCDVA, uncorrected distance visual acuity.

Safety

A total of 48.1% of subjects in the control IOL group and 42.9% of subjects in the All Toric group had AEs in the study eye. The most frequently reported AEs were corneal edema including wound edema (control group: 19.0% of eyes; All Toric group: 18.8% of eyes) and anterior chamber cells (control: 19.0% of eyes, All Toric: 18.8% of eyes). Ocular AEs are shown for the safety population in Table 2. The majority of AEs (79.3%) were mild, and there were no serious AEs in the study eye of any subject. There were also no device-related AEs or AEs leading to subject premature discontinuation from the study. All subjects except for two subjects in the 2.00 D group completed the study; one subject discontinued because of a withdrawal of consent, and one subject was lost to follow-up after Visit 3. The rates of all cumulative or persistent AEs through Visit 4 for all toric IOLs were below the ISO standard 11979-7 historical AE grid rates (Table 2). The only persistent AE for subjects with no imputation was a single case of cystoid macular edema in the control IOL group.

Table 2 Ocular adverse events in the safety population (n=191) and cumulative or persistent adverse events identified in the ISO standard 11979-7 SPE grid through Visit 4
Notes: Adverse events are sorted in order of descending frequency for the all Toric lens category by system, organ, class, and preferred term. aThe P-value was calculated from the exact binomial test comparing the cumulative proportion of all toric IOL eyes with each AE to the ISO 11979-7 AE grid proportion (one-sided test).
Abbreviations: AE, adverse event; D, diopter; IOL, intraocular lens; ISO, International Organization for Standardization; SPE, safety and performance endpoints.

Efficacy

Rotational stability

At Visit 4, >90% of eyes in each toric IOL group had misalignments of ≤10° from surgical marking (Table 3). Mean absolute axis misalignment among all toric IOL eyes was 4.68°±7.33° at Visit 4. Two subjects with 1.25 D toric IOLs had >30° lens axis misalignment at Visit 1 and minimal rotation thereafter. UCDVA at Visit 4 was 20/25 and 20/40 for these two subjects, respectively, and neither subject required secondary IOL repositioning.

Table 3 Toric IOL axial misalignment and rotational stability
Abbreviations: D, diopter; IOL, intraocular lens; Max, maximum; Min, minimum.

Absolute IOL rotation from Visit 3 to Visit 4 showed that each toric IOL group had a mean absolute rotation of ≤1.15°. Additionally, 100% of eyes implanted with toric IOLs had ≤5° of rotation (Table 3).

Reduction in cylinder

As shown in Table 4, the 1.25 D toric IOL group had significantly greater mean cylinder reduction at Visit 4 compared with the control IOL group. The mean dioptric cylinder reduction was 0.479±0.665 D for control IOLs, 0.865±0.487 D for 1.25 D toric IOLs, 1.413±0.532 D for 2.0 D toric IOLs, and 1.944±0.327 D for 2.75 D toric IOLs. The cylinder reduction in the control group is likely due to the study requirement to place the primary corneal incision on the steep axis. Nevertheless, the treatment effect between the 1.25 D Toric group and the control group was statistically significant at 0.39 D (P<0.001). Evaluation of these data stratified by age, race, or gender showed no significant interaction with any of these variables.

Table 4 Dioptric cylinder reduction at Visit 4 in the intent-to-treat population
Abbreviations: D, diopter; IOL, intraocular lens; Max, maximum; Min, minimum.

In terms of accuracy to the refractive target, cylinder reduction within 0.50 D of intended reduction at Visit 4 was substantially better in the All Toric group (57.3%) than in the control IOL group (34.6%). Further, cylinder reduction within 1.00 D of intended reduction was achieved by 90.9% of eyes in the All Toric group compared to only 57.7% of eyes in the control IOL group (Table 4).

The comparison of dioptric reduction in cylinder between treatments was adjusted for the effect of site because of the expected variation in surgically induced astigmatism among the investigators. The analysis of logMAR UCDVA was also adjusted for the effect of site. The interactions between site and treatment for dioptric reduction in cylinder and logMAR UCDVA were consequently determined not to be statistically significant (P=0.932 and 0.108, respectively).

Visual acuity and posterior capsule opacification

Preoperative mean BCDVA and UCDVA were similar among groups (Table 5). At Visit 4, the mean BCDVA value was not significantly different between the control IOL group and the 1.25 D toric IOL group (P=0.766). In contrast, mean postoperative UCDVA was significantly better for the 1.25 D toric IOL group than the control IOL group at Visit 4 (0.11±0.14 logMAR units and 0.20±0.17 logMAR units, respectively; P<0.001). The proportion of subjects with UCDVA 20/20 or better at Visit 4 was 40.0% for the All Toric group and 16.7% for the control group. Similarly, the proportion of subjects with UCDVA 20/40 or better was 94.5% for the All Toric group and 83.3% for the control group. For all groups combined, 98.6% of the 428 EPCO values collected were 0.00, and no EPCO value at any point was >0.02.

Table 5 Visual acuity
Abbreviations: BCDVA, best-corrected distance visual acuity; D, diopter; IOL, intraocular lens; logMAR, logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution; Max, maximum; Min, minimum; UCDVA, uncorrected distance visual acuity.

Discussion

Patients have high expectations for their quality of vision after cataract surgery, but often desire increased spectacle independence. These expectations can be met by surgical precision, accurate IOL power calculation, correction of astigmatism, and choice of IOLs that minimize dysphotopsia and PCO. This study demonstrated that the toric IOL (in the 1.25 D group) had superior cylinder reduction (P<0.001) and better UCDVA (P<0.001) compared to the spherical control lens. The effectiveness of any toric IOL is contingent upon its rotational stability, and the toric IOL demonstrated ≤5° of rotation in 100% of subjects. This outcome is superior to the rotational stability results for the AcrySof IQ Toric IOL, which reported only 90% subjects with ≤5° rotation at 120–180 days.21 In subjects with a small amount of astigmatism, the 1.25 D toric IOL corrected significantly more astigmatism (0.39 D) than the correction produced by the corneal incision on the steep axis alone in the control group (P<0.001). As a result, the likelihood of achieving excellent 20/20 UCDVA was nearly 2.5 times greater in subjects implanted with the 1.25 D toric IOL (40%) than the control IOL (16.7%). These findings are consistent with the results reported in two smaller-scale studies (n=23 eyes and n=21 eyes, respectively), which concluded that the enVista MX60T Toric IOL provided excellent refractive and visual outcomes associated with clinically significant rotational stability and cylinder reduction.22,23

AEs in this study were below the ISO standard 11979-7 historical AE grid rates. In addition, toric IOLs are more likely to require secondary surgical intervention than spherical IOLs because of the potential for misalignment and rotation. The cumulative rate of secondary surgical intervention through 6 months for the MX60T Toric IOL (0.0%) compares favorably with reported rates for the AcrySof Toric (1.6%)24 and Tecnis Toric (3.4%) IOLs.25 The MX60T Toric IOL shares with its parent model aspheric aberration-free optics, scratch resistance, and a posterior square edge design to minimize PCO. There were no reports of photophobia, glare and halos, or other visual disturbances in the enVista MX60 IOL group and <1% in the enVista MX60T Toric IOL group in this study. PCO occurred in ~1% of eyes in both groups cumulatively through 6 months.

A limitation of this study is that glistenings were not evaluated; however, the incidence of glistenings was evaluated in 122 subjects implanted with the parent MX60 IOL in a pivotal, 6-month, multicenter trial.8 In that study, no glistenings were reported at any visit. It is anticipated that the enVista MX60T Toric IOL is also glistening-free because it is composed of the same material as the parent lens, only differing in the addition of the toric optic and axis marks. The enVista MX60T Toric IOL material, like that of the parent MX60 IOL, has a relatively higher water content than other hydrophobic IOLs, allowing sufficient prehydration to prevent glistening formation.7 Considering that glistenings can occur beyond 6 months,13,15 additional studies evaluating the rate of glistenings with the enVista MX60T Toric IOL at up to 1-year postimplantation, and as compared to other IOLs, are warranted.

Conclusion

The enVista MX60T Toric IOL was safe and effective in meeting the needs of patients desiring correction of astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery.

Acknowledgments

Writing assistance by Heather S. Oliff, PhD (Science Consulting Group LLC, North Tustin, CA, USA), statistical analysis by Gary Mosehauer, MS (Bausch & Lomb, Incorporated), proofreading by Jennifer Laskowski (Valeant Pharmaceuticals LLC North America, Bridgewater, NJ, USA), and investigative support from the enVista Toric Clinical Study Group (Chad L. Betts, MD, Fayetteville, AK; Keith Charles, MD, Mount Dora, FL; Gary Foster, MD, Fort Collins, CO; Luther L. Fry, MD, Garden City, KS; Joseph Gira, MD, St Louis, MO; James A. Katz, MD, Des Plaines, IL; Kevin Lavery, MD, Jackson, MI; John Millin, MD, Louisville, KY; Farrell C. Tyson, MD, Cape Coral, FL; Robert Weinstock, MD, Largo, FL). The study was funded by Bausch & Lomb Inc.; Rochester, NY, USA.

Disclosure

Dr Williams and Dr Hope are employees of Bausch & Lomb; Dr Packer and Dr Feinerman are consultants to Bausch & Lomb. The authors report no other conflicts of interest in this work.


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