Ocular higher-order aberrations in myopia and skiascopic wavefront repeatability

David Zadok*, Yair Levy, Ori Segal, Yaniv Barkana, Yair Morad, Isaac Avni

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Purpose: To study the distribution of ocular higher-order aberrations (HOAs) in a myopic population and to assess the repeatability of HOA measurements determined by a commercially available skiascopic wavefront sensor. Setting: Department of Ophthalmology, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel. Methods: Ocular HOAs were examined 3 times across a 6.0 mm naturally dilated pupil in 61 eyes using the Optical Path Difference (OPD)-scan wavefront aberrometer. Root-mean-square (RMS) values of HOAs, total spherical aberration (TSA), total coma (TC), and total trefoil (TT) were analyzed. Correlation analysis was performed to assess the aberration symmetry between right and left eyes. The repeatability of the OPD-scan measurements was assessed by calculating Pearson r correlation coefficients between each pair of measurements and the interclass correlation coefficients between the 3 measurements of each score. Results: The mean RMS values of HOAs, TSA, TC, and TT were 0.347 μm ± 0.252 (SD), 0.120 ± 0.174 μm, 0.165 ± 0.168 μm, and 0.252 ± 0.157μm, respectively. The HOAs, TSA, TC, and TT changed slightly and not significantly with increasing refractive error (all P>.05). The RMS level of HOAs and TTR of the 3rd measurement was significantly different from the 1st and 2nd measurements (P<.05), with overall low correlation between the 3 measurements for the HOAs, TSA, TC, and TT. Conclusions: The ocular wavefront aberrations varied greatly from subject to subject. Ocular HOAs were not correlated with refractive error. The repeatability of HOAs measurements with the OPD-aberrometry was low.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1128-1132
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


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