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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 658350, 9 pages
Review Article

IOL Power Calculation after Corneal Refractive Surgery

1Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Salerno, Via Salvatore Allende1, Baronissi, 84081 Salerno, Italy
2U.O.C. Corneal Transplant Unit, Pellegrini Hospital, 80100 Naples, Italy
3U.O.C. Eye Day Surgery, De Luca e Rossano Hospital, 80069 Vico Equense, Italy

Received 23 May 2014; Accepted 3 July 2014; Published 21 July 2014

Academic Editor: Ciro Costagliola

Copyright © 2014 Maddalena De Bernardo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To describe the different formulas that try to overcome the problem of calculating the intraocular lens (IOL) power in patients that underwent corneal refractive surgery (CRS). Methods. A Pubmed literature search review of all published articles, on keyword associated with IOL power calculation and corneal refractive surgery, as well as the reference lists of retrieved articles, was performed. Results. A total of 33 peer reviewed articles dealing with methods that try to overcome the problem of calculating the IOL power in patients that underwent CRS were found. According to the information needed to try to overcome this problem, the methods were divided in two main categories: 18 methods were based on the knowledge of the patient clinical history and 15 methods that do not require such knowledge. The first group was further divided into five subgroups based on the parameters needed to make such calculation. Conclusion. In the light of our findings, to avoid postoperative nasty surprises, we suggest using only those methods that have shown good results in a large number of patients, possibly by averaging the results obtained with these methods.