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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 116-119

Artiflex versus STAAR® implantable contact lenses for correction of high myopia

Department of Ophthalmology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Persian Eye Clinic, Isfahan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Amin Masjedi
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Persian Eye Clinic, No.208, Mir Street, Isfahan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-620X.91266

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Purpose : To compare two phakic intraocular lenses, Artiflex and STAAR® implantable contact lens (ICL), in high myopia. Setting : Isfahan Ophthalmology Clinic, Iran. Materials and Methods : In a randomized, prospective clinical trial study, 40 eyes of 20 patients who came to Isfahan ophthalmology clinic to correct their refractive error were examined. Artiflex was inserted in 20 eyes and ICL in the other 20 eyes. After 1 year, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), contrast sensitivity, intraocular pressure (IOP), and specular microscopy of corneal endothelium were assessed in both the groups. Results : In this study, there was no statistical difference between UCVA, BCVA, IOP, cataract incidence, contrast sensitivity, and specular microscopy, 1 year after surgery. 40% of eyes in the Artiflex group developed anterior chamber cell and flare reaction 1 year postoperatively, but no patient in the ICL group developed the same. So, there is obvious difference in the rate of anterior chamber cell and flare reaction between these two groups. Conclusion : These two lenses have similar outcomes except in the incidence rate of anterior chamber cell and flare reaction that is greater in the Artiflex group. So, these two lenses are safe with predictable outcome in treating high myopia.

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