Inlay promising in select patients

July 1, 2012
Cheryl Guttman Krader, BS, Pharm

Results from a small study indicate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of improving near vision in patients with previous LASIK by implanting a small-aperture corneal inlay into a femtosecond laser-created corneal pocket.

"Therefore, we believe it is a promising technique to treat presbyopia in appropriately selected patients with prior LASIK," he said.

In addition, the LASIK flap had to be ≤160 μm and total corneal thickness had to be >480 μm.

The LASIK flap thickness in the seven patients as measured by Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) ranged from 90 to 160 μm (mean 138 μm) and the pachymetry prior to the inlay procedure ranged from 490 to 575 μm (mean 525 μm). Preoperative MRSE ranged from plano to –0.75 D (mean –0.167 D).

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