Factors Predicting Slow Visual Recovery Following Hyperopic LASIK

Margarita Safir, Nir Sorkin, Igor Kaiserman, Tzahi Sela, Gur Munzer, Oriel Spierer, Michael Mimouni

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    PURPOSE: To identify factors predicting slow visual recovery following hyperopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). METHODS: The study included consecutive patients who underwent hyperopic LASIK between January 2005 and December 2019 at a single medical center. Patients were divided into two groups according to whether they experienced normal recovery of visual acuity (1-week visit) or slow visual recovery (1-month visit). Visual recovery was defined as achieving an efficacy index of 0.9 or greater. Efficacy index was calculated as postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity / preoperative corrected distance visual acuity. A comparison of baseline and intraoperative parameters was performed. Binary logistic regression was performed to identify potential predictors of slow visual recovery. RESULTS: Overall, 861 eyes of 861 patients were included. Mean age was 48.0 ± 9.5 years and 55.9% were women. Two hundred forty-nine patients (28.9%) experienced slow visual recovery. Younger age (P = .01), a larger preoperative spherical equivalence (P = .002), and greater maximum ablation depth (P = .002) were predictors of slow visual recovery. In binary logistic regression, female gender (P = .036) and greater spherical equivalence (P = .007) remained significant predictors of slow visual recovery. CONCLUSIONS: Female gender and greater preoperative spherical equivalence were associated with slow visual recovery. Patients may be advised accordingly.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e42-e47
    JournalJournal of Refractive Surgery
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ophthalmology
    • Surgery


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