J Korean Ophthalmol Soc.  2005 Apr;46(4):581-588.

Relationship between Clinical History Method and Orbscan II for Measuring Corneal Power after LASIK

  • 1Department of Ophthalmology and Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, The Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. ckjoo@catholic.ac.kr


To evaluate the relation between clinical history method and Orbscan II for corneal power measurement after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). METHODS: A total of 77 consecutive eyes of 43 patients who were treated with LASIK for myopia were followed up for at least 6 months. Corneal power by clinical history methods (CK) was compared with 3.0 mm zones of simulated keratometry (Sim-K), with 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 mm zones of axial power maps (AP) and with 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 5.0 mm zones of total optical power maps (TOP). RESULTS: Sim-K and all AP-map zones using Orbscan II were significantly higher (P<.001) than the CK value, while all TOP-map zones were significantly lower (P<.001) than the CK value. Among them, 3.0 and 4.0 mm TOP-map zones showed the highest correlation with the corneal power by CK (r2=0.889, P<.001; r2=0.889, P<.001). The correlation was higher with 3.0 mm TOP-map zone (r2=0.800, P<.001) than with 4.0 mm TOP-map zone (r2=0.793, P<.001) in high myopia patients. CONCLUSIONS: Although 3.0 and 4.0 mm TOP-map zones of Orbscan II were correlated highly with the CK value, these correlations were relatively low in high myopia patients and 3.0 mm TOP-map zone was better correlated than 4.0 mm TOP-map zone in these patients.


Clinical history method; Corneal power measurement; Orbscan II

MeSH Terms

Keratomileusis, Laser In Situ*
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