Comparison of the Rotational Stability of Two Toric Intraocular Lenses in 1273 Consecutive Eyes

Ophthalmology. 2018 Sep;125(9):1325-1331. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2018.02.012. Epub 2018 Mar 12.


Purpose: To compare the rotational stability of the 2 most commonly used toric intraocular lenses (TIOLs).

Design: Retrospective cohort study in a single private practice.

Subjects: The study included all patients receiving an Acrysof (n = 626) or Tecnis TIOL (n = 647) over an 18-month period from April 2015 to September 2016. Patients were only excluded if their surgery could not be performed using a digital marking system.

Methods: All patients had cataract surgery performed in the same surgical center with a similar technique. A digital marking system with limbal vessel registration was used to record the axis of the TIOL at the conclusion of surgery. A dilated examination was performed either later on the day of surgery or the next morning, and the postoperative rotation of the 2 TIOL models was compared. Patients who required a return to the operating room for TIOL repositioning were examined to determine risk factors for reoperation and subsequent outcomes.

Main outcome measures: The primary outcome measure was the percentage of eyes with TIOL rotation >5 and >10 degrees. The second main outcome was likelihood of requiring return to the operating room to reposition a rotated TIOL.

Results: The Acrysof TIOL was less likely to rotate postoperatively, with 91.9% of eyes rotated ≤5 degrees at the first postoperative check compared with 81.8% of Tecnis TIOL eyes (P < 0.0001). This difference persisted for rotation ≤10 degrees (97.8% Acrysof vs. 93.2% Tecnis, P = 0.0002) and ≤15 degrees (98.6% Acrysof vs. 96.4% Tecnis, P = 0.02). The mean rotation was 2.72 degrees (95% confidence interval 2.35-3.08 degrees) for Acrysof and 3.79 degrees (95% confidence interval 3.36-4.22 degrees) for Tecnis TIOLs (P < 0.05). The Tecnis TIOL showed a strong predisposition to rotate counterclockwise, unlike the Acrysof. More Tecnis TIOL patients required repositioning (3.1% vs. 1.6%), but this did not reach statistical significance (P = 0.10). Refractive outcomes were similar between the 2 groups.

Conclusions: The Acrysof TIOL showed significantly greater rotational stability than the Tecnis TIOL.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Male
  • Phacoemulsification / methods*
  • Postoperative Period
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Pseudophakia / physiopathology*
  • Refraction, Ocular / physiology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vision Tests
  • Visual Acuity*