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A New Imaging Software to Evaluate the Centration of Capsulorhexis and Intraocular Lens (IOL) After Cataract Surgery

I. Guber, Y. Wimmersberger, D. Sage, F. Majo

Visionary Genomics (ARVO'11), Fort Lauderdale FL, USA, May 1-5, 2011.

Purpose: IOL centration and stability after cataract surgery is of high interest for cataract surgeons and IOL-producing companies. We present a new imaging software to evaluate the centration of the rhexis and the centration of the IOL after cataract surgery.

Methods: We developed, in collaboration with the Biomedical Imaging Group (BIG), EPFL, Lausanne, a new working tool in order to assess precisely outcomes after IOL-implantation, such as ideal capsulorhexis and IOL-centration. The software is a plug-in of ImageJ, a general-purpose image processing and image-analysis package. The specifications of this software are: evaluation of the rhexis-centration and evaluation the position of the IOL in the posterior chamber. The end points are to analyze the quality of the centration of a rhexis after cataract surgery, the deformation of the rhexis with capsular bag retraction and the centration of the IOL after implantation.

Results: This software delivers tools to interactively measure the distances between limbus, IOL and capsulorhexis and its changes over time. The user is invited to adjust nodes of three radial curves for the limbus, rhexis and the optic of the IOL. The radial distances of the curves are computed to evaluate the IOL implantation. The user is also able to define patterns for ideal capsulorhexis and optimal IOL-centration. We are going to present examples of calculations after cataract surgery.

Conclusions: Evaluation of the centration of the rhexis and of the IOL after cataract surgery is an important end point for optimal IOL implantation after cataract surgery. Especially multifocal or accommodative lenses need a precise position in the bag with a good stability over time. This software is able to evaluate these parameters just after the surgery but also its changes over time. The results of these evaluations can lead to an optimizing of surgical procedures and materials.

AUTHOR="Guber, I. and Wimmersberger, Y. and Sage, D. and Majo, F.",
TITLE="A New Imaging Software to Evaluate the Centration of
        Capsulorhexis and Intraocular Lens ({IOL}) After Cataract Surgery",
BOOKTITLE="Visionary Genomics ({ARVO'11})",
address="Fort Lauderdale FL, USA",
month="May 1-5,",

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