Overcorrection after excimer laser treatment of myopia and myopic astigmatism

Rasik B. Vajpayee, Catherine A. McCarty, Geoffrey Aldred, Hugh R. Taylor

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Objective: To study the incidence and associations of overcorrection after excimer laser treatment of myopia and myopic astigmatism. Methods: The study cohort consisted of 645 patients who had photorefractive or photoastigmatic refractive keratectomy done by an excimer laser during a 2-year period. Patients were assessed 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. The variables evaluated were visual acuity, refraction, keratometry, and corneal clarity. Results: At 1 month, overcorrection of more than +1 diopter spherical equivalent (SEQ) was seen in 22% of the eyes. This progressively regressed so that only 8.6% of the 140 eyes that were overcorrected at 1 month were overcorrected at 1 year. Overall, 2.2% of eyes were overcorrected at 1 year. The magnitude of attempted correction and use of topical nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory drugs disclosed a notable association with occurrence of overcorrection at 1, 3, and 6 months. The use of bandage contact lenses also was associated with overcorrection at 1 and 3 months. After controlling for myopia and use of contact lenses, the odds of overcorrection for use of topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at 1, 3, and 6 months were 2.21 (95% confidence limits [CL]=1.49, 3.44), 1.69 (95% CL=0.88, 3.24), and 2.01 (95% CL=0.88, 4.56), respectively. The odds of overcorrection with bandage contact lenses were 1.79 (95% CL=1.05, 3.05) at 1 month and 2.42 (95% CL=1.23, 4.75) at the end of 3 months. No associations were seen between overcorrection and age, gender, surgical technique, or simultaneous astigmatic corrections. Conclusions: Overcorrection is common during the early postlaser treatment period and is associated with degree of myopia, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and bandage contact lens wear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-256
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1996


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