Distance-corrected near visual acuity was 20/36 in the FLACS group compared with 20/37 in the manual group. Sixteen percent of eyes were 20/20 or better in the FLACS group compared with 10% in the manual group, and 48% were 20/30 or better versus 50%, respectively. Seventy percent of patients in the FLACS group were 20/40 or better compared with 76% in the manual surgery group.
The laser group had a higher percentage of patients with accuracy to refractive target, Dr. Whitman said, in which 80% were within 0.5 D compared with 72% in the manual group, and 92% in the laser group were within 0.75 D compared with 86% in the manual group.
Although both groups had excellent results, FLACS had an edge. “FLACS provides potential advantages over manual technique due to more precise capsulotomy and reduced phaco energy,” Dr. Whitman concluded.