To evaluate the vision-related quality of life with the National Eye Institute Refractive Error Quality of Life (NEI-RQL) questionnaire in patients with astigmatism secondary to radial keratotomy surgery who underwent topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy.
Prospective non-randomized clinical trial. This study included 15 patients (30 eyes) aged > 21 years, mean age 55.1 (SD, 3.5) years, 53.3% female, with astigmatism ≤ - 6.00 D resulting from radial keratotomy, which could have been associated with hyperopia ≤ + 6.00 D. Photorefractive keratectomy with topography-guided custom ablation treatment was used in all cases. The patients answered the NEI-RQL questionnaire preoperatively and at 4 and 48 months after topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy. The following data were collected: age, sex and education level, pre-operative refraction data, visual acuity with or without correction, pachymetry, and keratometry.
There was a significant difference between pre-and postoperative NEI-RQL scores for the domains clarity of vision, near vision, far vision, diurnal fluctuation, activity limitations, glare, symptoms, correction dependence, appearance, and satisfaction with correction (p < 0.001).
Topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy improved vision-related quality of life in patients with a history of irregular astigmatism secondary to radial keratotomy.
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