Ideal IOL power calculations achievable

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — Manipulation of seven elements can lead, within 5 years, to the perfect IOL calculation, wherein perfection is measured as one-eighth of a diopter of intended outcomes in every patient, according to a speaker here.According to Jack T. Holladay, MD, MSEE, FACS, speaking at Hawaiian Eye 2013, the seven elements that will make ideal IOL power calculations achievable include the formula, biometers, corneal power, new developments in B-scan, improved precision of femtosecond lasers, intraoperative aberrometry and adjustable IOLs.

Surgeon recounts reimbursement dos and don’ts for common femtosecond cataract procedures

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — The use of femtosecond laser for cataract surgery in the U.S. is changing the way cataracts are managed, a speaker said here. “I definitely don’t think this technology is going away,” Richard S. Davidson, MD, said at Hawaiian Eye 2013, citing the benefits of the laser technology for cataract treatment: more accurate effective lens position, less endothelial cell loss and more precise astigmatism correction.

Very high-frequency collagen cross-linking enhances astigmatic keratotomy

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — A novel combination of accelerated cross-linking and femtosecond astigmatic keratotomy may significantly enhance the efficacy of the astigmatic keratotomy in a variety of scenarios, a speaker said here. Reporting on behalf of A. John Kanellopoulos, MD, at Hawaiian Eye 2013, presenter Vance M. Thompson, MD, FACS, illustrated the positive effects of the procedure in four situations: after PK, after cataract surgery, as regression enhancement, and in clear cornea incisions. In all cases, accelerated corneal cross-linking enhanced the effect of astigmatic keratotomy, Thompson said.