Comparison of the anterior capsulotomy edge created by manual capsulorhexis and 2 femtosecond laser platforms: Scanning electron microscopy study

Khaled Al Harthi, Sami Al Shahwan, Abdulelah Al Towerki, P. Pat Banerjee, Ashley Behrens, Deepak P. Edward

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Abstract

Purpose To compare the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) features of the anterior capsule edge created by continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis (CCC) and femtosecond laser-assisted capsulotomy using angular second moment and contrast. Setting King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Design Prospective comparative series. Methods Anterior capsule specimens following CCC (n = 10) or femtosecond laser-assisted capsulotomy using 2 platforms (Lensx, n = 9, and Victus, n = 10) were studied by SEM. Irregularity of the capsule edge was quantified using 2 parameters (angular second moment and contrast) using ImageJ software. The clinical features and laser parameters were correlated with angular second moment and contrast. Results By SEM, the femtosecond laser-assisted capsulotomy edge surfaces created by both lasers showed marked irregularity compared with the smooth edge of the CCC. The angular second moment and contrast measures for both lasers differed significantly from those obtained for CCC (P<.001). There was no between-laser difference in angular second moment and contrast measures. The angular second moment showed only a weak negative correlation with increasing laser power, whereas contrast showed a weak positive correlation with increasing power. Conclusions Both laser platforms created an irregular capsulotomy edge. The angular second moment and contrast quantified capsule edge irregularities for further comparisons. These measures could be used to quantify efforts to reduce capsule-edge irregularity from femtosecond laser-lens capsule interaction. Financial Disclosure No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2106-2112
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Volume40
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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