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In Vitro Optical Quality of Monofocal Aspheric Toric Intraocular Lenses: Effect of Cylindrical Power

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In Vitro Optical Quality of Monofocal Aspheric Toric Intraocular Lenses: Effect of Cylindrical Power

Teresa Ferrer-Blasco et al. Int Ophthalmol.

Abstract

Purpose: To assess the in vitro optical quality of monofocal aspheric toric intraocular lenses (IOLs) as a function of the cylindrical power.

Methods: The in vitro optical quality of the AcrySof IQ Toric IOLs SN6AT2, SN6AT3, SN6AT4, SN6AT5 and SN6AT6 (Alcon Laboratories Inc., Forth Worth, TX, USA) was assessed with an instrument conceived for measuring Zernike's coefficients at 3.0- and 5.0-mm apertures. As a reference, the aspheric monofocal lens AcrySof IQ Aspheric SN60WF (Alcon Laboratories Inc., Forth Worth, TX, USA) was also measured. The area of visibility and cut-off frequency were used to describe the modulation transfer function (MTF) of each lens; meanwhile, the light in the bucket and the diameter of a circular area centred on the point-spread function (PSF) peak that captures 50% of the light energy were used to describe the PSF of each lens. Finally, an image simulation was computed from the Zernike values with reference purposes.

Results: Small differences were found on the metrics used for describing the MTF and PSF of the lenses at both tested apertures, but these were not statistically significant (p > 0.05). Furthermore, the image simulation showed that these differences would not have clinical relevance at all.

Conclusions: The optical performance of the AcrySof IQ toric IOLs in terms of MTF and PSF is good and seems to be independent of the cylindrical power and similar to a non-toric aspheric lens.

Keywords: In vitro optical characterization; Intraocular lenses; Modulation transfer function; Point-spread function.

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