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Efficacy and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery versus conventional phacoemulsification for cataract: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Chen X, Xiao W, Ye S, Chen W, Liu Y - Sci Rep (2015)

Bottom Line: FLACS achieved a better visual outcome at postoperative 1 week and 6 months, but the difference was not significant at postoperative 1-3 months.In conclusion, femtosecond laser pretreatment can reduce phaco energy and EPT, which may reduce the heat damage to ocular tissues by ultrasound.Well-designed RCTs with longer follow-up are still necessary to provide more reliable evidence.

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Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510060, People's Republic of China.

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) versus conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery (CPCS) in the treatment of cataract. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were searched in PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. Nine qualified studies with a total of 989 eyes were included. Compared with CPCS, FLACS significantly reduced mean phaco energy and effective phacoemulsification time (EPT) required in the surgery. Central corneal thickness (CCT) was significantly lower in FLACS at 1 day of follow-up, but CCT and corneal endothelial cells count was comparable at 1 week of follow-up or longer. FLACS achieved a better visual outcome at postoperative 1 week and 6 months, but the difference was not significant at postoperative 1-3 months. Regard to surgical complications, the incidences of intraoperative anterior capsule tear, postoperative macular edema and elevated intraocular pressure were similar. In conclusion, femtosecond laser pretreatment can reduce phaco energy and EPT, which may reduce the heat damage to ocular tissues by ultrasound. This novel technique might be beneficial for patients with dense cataract and/or low preoperative endothelial cell values. Well-designed RCTs with longer follow-up are still necessary to provide more reliable evidence.

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Forest plots revealing the effect of FLACS versus CPCS on mean phaco energy (a), mean phaco time (b), and effective phaco time (EPT) used in the surgery.
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f5: Forest plots revealing the effect of FLACS versus CPCS on mean phaco energy (a), mean phaco time (b), and effective phaco time (EPT) used in the surgery.

Mentions: Three RCTs171819 including 255 patients reported mean phaco energy and mean phaco time. Examination of the forest plots revealed mean phaco energy was much higher in the CPCS group than in the FLACS group, the differences were statistically significant (mean difference = −4.93%, 95% CI −6.82 to −3.05, P < 0.001) (Fig. 5a). Nevertheless, the forest plots demonstrated that there were no statistically significant differences in mean phaco time between two group (mean difference = −0.14 s, 95% CI −0.45 to 0.16, P = 0.350) (Fig. 5b).


Efficacy and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery versus conventional phacoemulsification for cataract: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Chen X, Xiao W, Ye S, Chen W, Liu Y - Sci Rep (2015)

Forest plots revealing the effect of FLACS versus CPCS on mean phaco energy (a), mean phaco time (b), and effective phaco time (EPT) used in the surgery.
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f5: Forest plots revealing the effect of FLACS versus CPCS on mean phaco energy (a), mean phaco time (b), and effective phaco time (EPT) used in the surgery.
Mentions: Three RCTs171819 including 255 patients reported mean phaco energy and mean phaco time. Examination of the forest plots revealed mean phaco energy was much higher in the CPCS group than in the FLACS group, the differences were statistically significant (mean difference = −4.93%, 95% CI −6.82 to −3.05, P < 0.001) (Fig. 5a). Nevertheless, the forest plots demonstrated that there were no statistically significant differences in mean phaco time between two group (mean difference = −0.14 s, 95% CI −0.45 to 0.16, P = 0.350) (Fig. 5b).

Bottom Line: FLACS achieved a better visual outcome at postoperative 1 week and 6 months, but the difference was not significant at postoperative 1-3 months.In conclusion, femtosecond laser pretreatment can reduce phaco energy and EPT, which may reduce the heat damage to ocular tissues by ultrasound.Well-designed RCTs with longer follow-up are still necessary to provide more reliable evidence.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510060, People's Republic of China.

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) versus conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery (CPCS) in the treatment of cataract. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were searched in PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. Nine qualified studies with a total of 989 eyes were included. Compared with CPCS, FLACS significantly reduced mean phaco energy and effective phacoemulsification time (EPT) required in the surgery. Central corneal thickness (CCT) was significantly lower in FLACS at 1 day of follow-up, but CCT and corneal endothelial cells count was comparable at 1 week of follow-up or longer. FLACS achieved a better visual outcome at postoperative 1 week and 6 months, but the difference was not significant at postoperative 1-3 months. Regard to surgical complications, the incidences of intraoperative anterior capsule tear, postoperative macular edema and elevated intraocular pressure were similar. In conclusion, femtosecond laser pretreatment can reduce phaco energy and EPT, which may reduce the heat damage to ocular tissues by ultrasound. This novel technique might be beneficial for patients with dense cataract and/or low preoperative endothelial cell values. Well-designed RCTs with longer follow-up are still necessary to provide more reliable evidence.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus