Young ophthalmologist gives pearls on IOL power calculation
Patient expectations after cataract surgery are continually increasing, and unaided postoperative visual acuity is an important correlate of patient satisfaction. In this July/August 2014 Ocular Surgery News Europe Edition, Nino Hirnschall, MD, PhD, resident at the Hanusch Hospital, Vienna, and researcher at the Vienna Institute for Research in Ocular Surgery, both directed by Oliver Findl, MD, MBA, gives an introductory guide to making the best-informed IOL lens power decisions and reminds us that this may not always be straightforward.
Many residents think that IOL power calculation is a relatively straightforward procedure and may completely trust whatever the optical biometry device tells them concerning IOL power.
However, every young cataract surgeon should be aware of the fact that an accurate preoperative calculation of IOL power is crucial for the postoperative satisfaction of the patient. This article aims at giving a basic insight into the topic of IOL power calculation, important shortcomings of current techniques and some ideas of what the future most likely promises.