LVC Research Makes Big Contribution To International Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) is one of the major events in the calendar of a refractive surgeon.

At the conference in September 2011, thousands of ophthalmologists and optometrists from around the world will gather to discuss the latest results and ideas in refractive surgery. This is done mainly through people presenting the results of their research, and the London Vision Clinic research team plans to have a significant presence.

Each author is allowed to apply to make two presentations, and these applications (known as abstracts) are reviewed by an ESCRS committee and the most interesting ones are chosen to be presented at the meeting. With the “abstract” deadline approaching on March 15th, the research team has been working hard to put together a total of eight submissions, meaning that all three surgeons and both full-time research staff will be making at least one presentation at the meeting.

The Research That We Are Submitting Includes:

    • An analysis of the outcomes of short-sighted patients comparing Professor Reinstein and Mr Carp; the results were identical between the two surgeons with over 96% of eyes able to see 20/20 or better 1 year after the procedure
    • An analysis of the stereo vision (depth perception) after PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision
    • A report describing the changes in the epithelial thickness (the layer of skin on the front of the eye) at multiple time points for 1 year after the procedure; this is the first report of its kind
    • A report describing the topography (shape) of the stromal surface (the rest of the cornea under the layer of skin); another first of its kind
    • A demonstration of the effect of epithelial thickness changes in eyes with an irregular stromal surface, to improve the accuracy of treatments in such cases
    • A study investigating the optimal location to centre the laser ablation in eyes with an angle kappa (where the eye does not look through the centre of the pupil)
    • A study demonstrating that using a measurement of the inside of the eye using the Artemis Insight 100 (the ultrasound scanner co-invented by Prof Reinstein) improves the safety of phakic posterior intra-ocular lens surgery
    • An analysis of the accuracy of the refraction measured by an automated instrument (the WASCA) compared with the refraction as measured by our optometrists and surgeons